Born in Honolulu and raised in Kane‘ohe, O‘ahu, Jonee is a graduate of Castle High School who went on to earn her Associates degree in Fashion Design and Technology from Honolulu Community College, and a Certificate of Achievement from Ho‘ohalike Ko Kahiko Hou La‘au Lapa‘au in Hawaiian traditional healing arts. Jonee was a grounds keeper in the native Hawaiian plant section at the Waimea Falls Park Arboretum, and engaged with rare native Hawaiian plants and Hawaiian birds, which guides her passion at CCH. Jonee credits her parents and kupuna (elders) who practiced lauhala (pandanus leaf) weaving, hula and chant, kahuna la‘au lapa‘au (native Hawaiian healing) and gathering food from the ocean, with influencing her path in life. She spent time in and around the ocean, and learned about plants as food, medicine and clothing. She loves creating fabrics and multi media art projects.