Amelia Rachel Hokule‘a Borofsky, PsyD

Having grown up on islands, Dr. Borofsky is passionate about the strengths of island communities. She started Sea of Islands Consulting to bring her networks, research expertise, writing skills, and commitment to service together. Trained as a clinical psychologist, she received an American Psychological Association Minority Fellowship for her research and clinical service with diverse populations. Her dissertation was a mixed-methods program evaluation of alumni of Native Hawaiian public charter schools. She developed the Native Hawaiian Leadership Scale and is active in cultural, strengths-based program evaluations. She started consulting in 2010 and  has worked primarily in Hawai'i and the Cook Islands for  non-profit and government agencies (see Clients).  She is an experienced grantwriter:  Most recently a grant she completed for indigenous language revitalization was awarded $1 million in funding for the 2015-- 2018 granting period by the Administration of Americans (ANA). As an adjunct professor at Hawaiʻi Pacific University, she honed her passion for teaching and giving workshops. A global traveller, she speaks fluent Spanish and  elementary Pukapukan. She is the co-editor of Regeneration: Telling Stories from Our Twenties (Putnam/Tarcher, 2003). Her articles have appeared in The Atlantic and Cook Islands News.  In addition to consulting, she enjoys storytelling, surfing, and studying lomilomi massage. She is part of the documentary Homecoming: A Film About Pukapuka. She lives in Hawaiʻi and the Cook Islands.