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Meet the Author

Dr. Gerry Ebalaroza-Tunnell

Dr. Gerry Ebalaroza-Tunnell, affectionately known as Dr. G, is not only a beacon of the Aloha spirit but also a remarkable advocate for the principles of connection, compassion, and mutual prosperity. As the esteemed Founder and C.E.O. of Co3: Co-Creating Cohesive Communities, she is dedicated to fostering transformative leadership and instigating systemic change that paves the way for cohesive communities to thrive. Born and raised in the heart of Honolulu, Dr. G's roots run deep, allowing her to draw upon her ancestors' profound wisdom and cultural heritage. Her unwavering commitment to creating a better world is evident in every endeavor she undertakes. Dr. G's remarkable journey and relentless pursuit of positive change make her an inspiring figure, leaving an indelible mark on the lives of those fortunate enough to cross paths with her.


Dr. G's intercultural grace is a remarkable by-product of her lifelong dance between the intuitive knowledge of Indigenous ways and the rigor of Western thought. Her impressive academic journey through the transformative realms of the Social Sciences from Washington State University  and Whole Systems Design from Antioch University, Seattle, culminates in a doctorate in Transformative Studies and Consciousness from the renowned California Institute of Integral Studies.

With a profound connection to Pacific Indigenous knowledge, Dr. G deeply understands human dynamics and structural societal patterns. Her visionary approach to crafting spaces where Aloha is the foundation sets her apart as an empathetic leader and a catalyst for positive change. With her expertise and unique perspective, Dr. G is dedicated to creating inclusive environments that foster connection, understanding, and growth.


Through her groundbreaking dissertation, Dr. Gerry Ebalaroza-Tunnell delved deep into the cultural tapestry of her Pacific Islander heritage, unearthing a profound interpretation of the concept of Aloha. More than a mere salutation, she elucidated that 'Alo' signifies being present, whereas 'Hā' represents the breath of life, painting the picture that interactions with others should always be treated as sacred exchanges where life's breath is shared.


Expanding upon Aunty Pilahi Paki's philosophies, Dr. G formulated the Guiding Principles of AloHā, ingeniously encapsulated by the acronym A.L.O.H.A – 'Ask, Listen, Observe, Heart, Adapt and Acknowledge.' These principles are gaining global recognition and are being hailed as a foundational framework for conducting critical conversations that necessitate empathy, respect, and an earnest intent to understand one another.


Beyond her professional accolades, Dr. Gerry Ebalaroza-Tunnell's personal life is equally rich and fulfilling. She is married to Jeremy D. Tunnell, an upcoming author revered for his work on "Dismantling Whiteness." Together, they navigate the complexities of life and progress toward societal transformation. Dr. G is a devoted mother to two grown sons, Mananui and Aliinui. She basks in the joy of being a grandmother to two mo'opuna kāne (grandsons) and one mo'opuna wahine (granddaughter), cherishing the role of nurturing their growth and cultural heritage.


The familial atmosphere extends to her home in Bothell, Washington, where she resides with her husband and their two beloved, rescued dogs, a West Highland Terrier named Zoëlani and a Belgium Malinois named Daenerys Targaryen, both of whom add another layer of warmth and energy, to their bustling household.

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