Lelemia Irvine is kupukaaina, a lineal descendant from the aboriginal families that sprouted out of the land of Waianae, Oahu. He holds a Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. In his doctoral research, he studied the physics of stormwater within a bioswale system using predictive and computational approaches. In 2013, he was a recipient of the Frances Davis Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching. Lelemia is a self-described rain farmer seeking to connect sky to aquifer thru the physics of fluids.