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Leialoha Benson Hired to New Position in Office of Honor

Leialoha Benson has been hired as an advisor in the Office of Honor. This is a new full-time position recently created for the department.

Portrait of Leialoha Benson

“We are excited about the addition of Leialoha to our Office of Honor,” said Jonathan “Kala” Kau, Student Life Vice President. “She brings a valuable perspective and students will greatly benefit from her professional experience and personal concern.” In addition to working with an increasing volume and complexity of conduct cases, Benson will support the student Honor Team in its peer outreach and promotion efforts. “The new advisor position increases our capacity to assist students in their learning and development and support them in their commitments,” further explained Kau.

Benson has a Doctor of Education with an emphasis in education leadership from the University of Southern California and is a licensed social worker in Hawaii. She earned a Master of Social Work with an emphasis in child and family welfare from Eastern Washington University. Benson is also a BYUH alumna, where she received a Bachelor of Social Work.

Benson worked at Liliuokalani Trust, formerly known as Queen Liliuokalani Children’s Center. She said she was “blessed to dedicate 16 years of service supporting the will of Queen Liliuokalani and her mission to bless the lives of Native Hawaiian children and their families.”

Benson is from Pupukea, Hawaii, and is a Kahuku High School graduate. She has an identical twin sister and is the middle child of five girls. After converting to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at 20 years old, she served a full-time mission in the England Bristol Mission. Benson has served in callings in the Relief Society, Young Women, Primary and Welfare & Self-Reliance auxiliaries. Her interests include hiking, photography, and enjoying mountains and the ocean.