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Elilai Sugiyama

Elilai grew up with adventure in her veins. With a father from Palau and mother from the Native American tribe of Shoshone-Bannock, she feels equally at home whether she’s free diving the sapphire-blue waters of Palau or fishing and horseback riding in the mountains of Idaho. Elilai has a keen eye for Palau’s elusive birds and has been known to be a dugong whisperer—she can hold her breath up to three minutes to swim alongside these gentle species. When she’s not guiding, you’ll find Elilai racing outrigger canoes for Palau’s national women's team, constructing traditional Micronesian sailing canoes using local materials, or adventuring in the wilds of Idaho.

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