About Maya Parish



Maya Parish is an Educator, Elected Representative and Community Organizer residing in Hawi, North Kohala. She was born and raised in New York City, lived in Los Angeles for 14 years, and has been joyfully calling Hawai'i Island home since 2013. Parish feels blessed to live in North Hawai'i. This community has been so good to her, and she is ready to give back and work hard on behalf of the people of this district. A yoga client of Maya's writes, "Maya's authenticity and insight is inspiring".  To read more of Parish's client and student testimonials, please visit: YELPTRIPADVISOR.

Maya is a natural born leader. She will bring bold ideas to address our economic and environmental challenges faced by our island ohana.
— Margaret Wille, 2-Term County Council Member, District 9
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Parish has organized and worked on committees for seven large scale community events on island, including the 2014 Kohala Country Fair, 2016 Women’s March Rally in Kailua-Kona, 2016 “Defend The Sacred” in Hawi, The 2017 People’s Climate March in Kailua-Kona, the 2018 Democratic Party of Hawai'i County Convention, the 2018 Democratic Party of Hawai'i State Convention and the 8th annual ‘Āina Fest in North Kohala, designed to empower the island-wide food security and sovereignty movement.


Maya Parish is currently serving in two elected officer positions - as the Hawai'i County Secretary for the Democratic Party of Hawai'i and as the female Hawai'i County Representative on their State Central Committee. She believes we need creative visionary thinking for the complex issues we face in Hawai'i County, as well as engaged and pragmatic leadership to bring that vision into reality.

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Parish has over 1,000 hours of yoga teaching experience to adult students, and is also a Certified Children’s Yoga Teacher. She teaches Kohala Elementary School’s K-5 students through the North Kohala Community Resource Center sponsored project “Keiki Yoga Kohala”, works privately with resident and visitor clients, and teaches weekly classes at Waimea Yoga, Mauna Kea Resort, Mauna Lani Resort, and her home studio in Hawi.




path of service

Maya learned about the importance of service at a young age and has been serving her community for most of her life. Growing up, she volunteered every week at her church’s soup kitchen for many years, and worked at the New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children in high school. In Los Angeles Parish worked as a Teaching Artist with incarcerated youth in the juvenile justice system and with high school students in some of the most "at-risk" areas of the city. Parish also worked with Kaiser Permanente, coaching physicians and nurses on empathy and communication skills to better connect with their patients. She would be honored to work in service of North & South Kohala as your Council Member.