Representative Lauren Kealohilani Matsumoto traces her roots in Hawai‘i back to 1859. She is the 6th generation to be born and raised in the islands, and is a member of the prestigious Daughters of Hawai‘i. Her great-grandfather founded Peterson’s Upland Farm in 1910, and the farm is celebrating its 103rd anniversary this year as a family-run business supplying fresh eggs to our communities.
Lauren is a product of the Hawai‘i public school system, having attended Mililani Waena Elementary School, Mililani Middle School, and Mililani High School. After graduating from Mililani High, Lauren spent time volunteering at an orphanage in Malawi, Africa. When she returned, Lauren attended the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa. She earned a degree in Film Production from the Academy of Creative Media and minored in Business and Japanese. While in school Lauren was a four year Division I scholar-athlete, playing Wahine (Women's) Water Polo and serving on the Student Athletic Advisory Committee.
After graduating from the University of Hawai‘i, Lauren went on to win the title of Miss Hawai‘i 2011. She represented our State at the Miss America pageant in Las Vegas, where she was a Quality of Life Finalist, won the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals Award for most money raised in the country (which benefitted Kapi‘olani Medical Center for Women and Children), and won the Talent portion by performing a jump rope routine to the theme of Hawai‘i 5-0. To this day, Lauren continues to perform her jump rope routine while speaking to children across the state encouraging them to lead a healthy lifestyle and to volunteer in their community.
Representative Lauren Kealohilani Matsumoto is an active member of the Council of State Government, a region-based forum that fosters the exchange of insights and ideas to help state officials shape public policy. In addition, she is also an active member of Women In Government, an organization that empowers all women state legislators to effect sound policy. After completing her first session, she was honored to be named as one of the Hawaii State Directors of Women In Government. Representative Matsumoto was also chosen to be one of nine legislators in the country to Champion Childhood Obesity, and is the current Hawaii State Champion.
In her spare time, Lauren performs as a professional Hula dancer, an art that she has been studying for over twenty years. Lauren's first experience with the Hawai‘i State Legislature was with her documentary "Farm Grown," which aided in the passage of the Feed Subsidy Bill. Lauren is a dedicated public servant who continues to serve her community at the Hawai‘i State Legislature.