Keona Blanks is a writer and environmental scientist from Hawai’i whose reporting interests include conservation solutions, environmental justice, and traditional ecological knowledge. She has worked as an editorial page intern with Honolulu Civil Beat to report on scientific issues across the state, and published a column covering transportation, the environment, and Indigenous affairs. She is finishing her fourth year at Stanford studying Earth Systems and Creative Writing, where she is also a contributor to Stanford Rewired and the Stanford Daily.