A graduate of Hilo High School and Northern Arizona University (B.S. Mathematics/Education); Tamara moved to Maui in 2001 to pursue a career with the County of Maui's Ocean Safety section, working in the West District at D.T. Flemings Beach Park. Tamara is also one of the co-founders of the non-profit Save Honolua Coalition and is currently the Vice President and writer of the organization's monthly newsletter. Tamara is a member of the Community Conservation Network's Managing Better Together Learning Network and the recently formed Maui Nui Marine Resource Council. In her spare time she enjoys swimming, talking story, paddling canoes, surfing, beach clean-ups, composting, working part-time at Island Air and traveling inter-island.