Stacy Pilialoha Plunkett Rezentes was born in Honolulu, Hawai’i, in 1959, two days after statehood, and was raised in Kailua, O’ahu. She graduated from the Kamehameha Schools in 1977 with highest honors, and continued her education in the fields of Art and Hawaiian Studies at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa from which she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art, with honors, in 1982. After taking a gap year to work at a prestigious Honolulu law firm as a legal secretary, Stacy entered the William S. Richardson School of Law at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa; she graduated and was admitted to the bar in 1986. During Stacy’s undergraduate and law school years, she also interned at the Office of the Lieutenant Governor, the House of Representatives, and the First Circuit Court of the State of Hawai’i.
Stacy originally joined the firm in 1988, where she would have remained had it not been for the opportunity of a lifetime to join the new legal department at the Kamehameha Schools under its first General Counsel, Nathan T.K. Aipa. Her work at Kamehameha focused on education law, historic preservation, trust law, intellectual property, and Native Hawaiian rights, legislation and land titles. During her thirty-year service to KS, Stacy also broadened her skills and experience in the fields of corporate governance, charitable trust operations, and records and information management which led to her presentation of a Hawai’i State Bar Association webinar and her publication of a Hawai’i Bar Journal article on law firm records management.
Over the years Stacy has served on the boards of directors of the Native Hawaiian Legal Corporation, the Kailua Historical Society, and the Hawai’i Society of Corporate Secretaries. She has also continued her Hawaiian studies in traditional hula: three years under Ma’iki Aiu Lake and seven years under John Kaha’i Topolinski, through whom she also achieved certification as a Master Kahili-Maker of the pre-contact style.
Stacy returns to the firm with this eclectic blend of talents, as well as her passions for infographics, classic Hollywood movies, genealogy research, and Hawaiian cultural literacy. She has an adult daughter, and continues to live on the Ka’elepulu side of Kailua.