About the Genealogist

M. Pualani Kamaunu Basbas professional background was a paralegal specializing in Special Education law, 504 Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 a graduate of Watterson College of Pasadena, California retired. For the last fifty years she has been her family genealogist and with her legal expertise and experience Ms. Basbas has now undertaken to become an accredited genealogist with the International Commission for the Accreditation of a Professional Genealogist. She is a graduate of Boston University CPE Genealogist Research and a student with the University of Brigham of Young-Idaho to earn a Degree in Family History/Genealogy. Ms. Basbas is renowned for her family history and genealogy training.

Ms. Basbas is a member of the National Genealogical Society, a member of the Association of Professional Genealogist, and a member of Maui Historical Society. She is a member of the Royal Society ʻAhahui Kaʻahumanu which her paternal great-grandmother was also a member of the same society as well as a maternal grand-aunt. Ms. Basbas is a member of the Aha Moku ʻO Wailuku, its genealogist and the chair of the Iwi Committee. And on the board of directors for the Waipukua Foundation. She is a member of the Waiehu Ward, Kahului Hawaiʻi Stake, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and currently the Stake Temple and Family History Consultant.

Ms. Basbas has a passion for writing since a child which has developed into a “labor of love” over the years. She is the author of “Sunbeams of Light”series, “In Search of Waipukua,” “Make A Difference Genealogy Research,”and “He Aka Ko Loko O Kou Inoa? – Whatʻs in Your Name?”