Hinano has a diverse background in business development, natural resource management, cultural resource management, sustainability, community based management and finance.
She is alumni of UH Manoa where she earned her B.S. in Natural Resource and Environmental Management, Marine Option Certificate and Certificate in Tahitian Language. In addition, she holds a masters of science in sustainable management.
Hinano maintains strong connections with her grandfather’s land of origin, Tahiti in the South Pacific, through language, (Reo Tahiti) and culture. In addition to consulting, she conducts citizen science training in the community for both educators and youth, teaching them to investigate and collect scientific data to address issues around water quality at the watershed scale.
Hinano has worked on Environmental Policy issues at the local level for various organizations, Conservation Council for Hawaii, Hawaii Reef Ocean Coalition, and Environmental Caucus of the Democratic Party of Hawaii. She was also a participant in host committee for the IUCN Congress in 2016.