Kumu Momiʻs teaching career began as a Hawaiian Studies teacher in Kona for five years, she went on to work for Bishop Museum for another five years learning and inspired by Hawaiian plants. While working with the museum she met two of her teachers and colleagues Dr. Dennis Mckenna (Ethnopharmacologist) and Kathleen Harrison (Ethnobotanist). Momi's field work in Ethnobotany took her to the shores of W. Samoa to help to find a cure for HIV/AIDs along with her teachers Dr. Paul Cox (Ethnobotanists) Dr. Gaugau Tavana (Ethnobotanist), and Dr. Holly Johnson.
Her passions include educating the community on plants, and ecosystems. She is an avid wood worker, kapa maker, lauhala weaver, farmer, and loves teaching the community about the plants through the stories of our elders and stories she experienced through working with the plants.