• PhD Psychology – United States International University, San Diego, CA 1992
  • MA Theology – Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, CA 1986
  • MA Human Relations – California Western University, San Diego, CA 1966
  • BA Humanities – California Western University, San Diego, CA 1965


  • Certified Substance Abuse Counselor (CSAC), certificate number 1251-05
  • Ordained Deacon in June, 1983 and Ordained Elder in Full Connection in June, 1988 in Desert Southwest Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church
  • Teaching certificate for Arizona Community Colleges in Psychology, Religious Studies
  • Lifetime teaching certificate #195181 for California Community Colleges in Psychology


  • Counseling and providing psychometrics and assessments for adults, adolescents, and children in individual, family, and group settings since 1975
  • Intensive Case Manager with adult clients for the Hawai`i Adult Mental Health Division.
  • Teaching and counseling college students and other adults as adjunct faculty
  • Preparing and presenting seminars and specialized workshops in areas such as addictions, communications, management, administration and organizational skills
  • Career counseling for vocational rehabilitation men, women, and young adults
  • Presenting in-service training programs and consultation for psychologists, teachers, paraprofessionals, and sales persons
  • Creating spiritual programs for Native Americans, gays and lesbians, and other minorities
  • Designing and implementing curriculum for seventeen Base Chapels at Camp Pendleton Marine Corps Base for all ages
  • Directing and facilitating three-day pre-marriage seminars, delivering sermons, performing marriages, visiting, serving as community/church liaison, other related pastoral duties
  • Administration of large budgets and personnel for multi-staff non-profit organizations



  • Hawai`i Community College-Palamanui, Kailua-Kona, HI. Associate Professor in women’s studies, substance abuse, psychology, philosophy, religious studies, sociology, human services, 1998 to present.
  • Lucy Lee Jones, Inc, private instructor and consultant for substance abuse counselors in Ocean View HI, incorporated since 2003.
  • University of Hawai`i West Oahu, Pearl City, HI, lecturer in psychology and substance abuse, 2002 to 2006.
  • Arizona Western College, Parker, AZ, lecturer in diagnosing chemical dependency, philosophy, psychology, child growth and development, world religions, September 1986 to June 1989.
  • National University, Vista, CA and Miramar College, San Diego, CA, behavioral science, psychology of management, physiological psychology, human sexuality, 1977 to 1981.
  • Music and Christian Education, St. John’s Episcopal School, Grades K-10, Agaña, Guam, September 1967 to May 1969.
  • Fourth Grade/Special Education, Agaña, Heights, Guam, October 1966 to May 1967.


  • United States Navy, Office of Base Chaplain, Camp Pendleton, CA, September 1981 to June 1983.
  • Various military chapels and churches in Agaña, Guam; Portsmouth, Rhode Island; San Luis Obispo, CA; Oceanside, CA; 1966 to 1981.
  • Point Loma United Methodist Church, San Diego, CA, June 1965 to August 1966.


  • Independent Contractor with CARE- Hawai`i, March 2000 to 2003.
  • CEO/Chair, JIB, Ltd. (Johnson International Business, Ltd.) Tucson, AZ, November 1993 to 2003 in Kailua-Kona, HI (non-profit residential extended care facility).
  • Pastoral counseling in churches as listed on next column – 1983 to present.
  • Private counseling from 1979 to present.
  • Michael R. Samko, Ph.D., 2885 Hope St., Carlsbad, CA, February 1979 to May 1983.
  • El Camino Psychology Center, 524 N. Clementine, Oceanside, CA, Thomas E. Overbaugh, Ph.D. Director, August 1975 to February 1979 (moved, new location unknown).


  • Chaplain in Mental Health, 1999 to present, endorsed by The United Methodist Church
  • Retired status as of June 2003.
  • Pastor, Naalehu- Pahala United Methodist Churches, HI July, 1997 to July, 1999.
  • Director, Wesley Foundation, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ, March 1, 1995 to July, 1997.
  • Co-pastor, St. Francis in the Foothills United Methodist Church, Tucson, AZ, June 1989 to October 1993.
  • Pastor in Charge, Parker United Methodist Church, Parker, AZ, July 1986 to June 1989.
  • Associate Pastor, Glendale First United Methodist Church, Glendale, AZ, June 1983 to June 1986.


9 thoughts on “About”

  1. Hey, Lucy, thanks for stopping by GardenRant. I wish I could stop by your lava garden for coffee and get to know you. (My dad also had a PhD in psych – from way back in 1949. I studied it undergrad but didn’t pursue further.)

  2. Hello Lucy, well, I’m one more coming to Hawaii to garden, inspired by your blog. I hope that doesn’t frighten you! first I’ll camp and write for a while, and search out the perfect bit of land. I’m afraid I’ve put you and your Hawaiian gardening compatriots on a pedestal, and I hope to ask for advice before buying my tiny bit of gardening space. I know absolutely nothing about Hawaii soil or plants, so all advice will be taken as true, wise and extremely valuable! Thank you in advance! And thank you SO much for your blog—I wouldn’t have taken this adventure if not for your blog.

  3. Thanks for the beautiful words, Lynn! There are areas of Hawaii that are much easier gardening than where I am, but overall the weather is perfect, and the growing is intense. We have some great gardeners, here.

  4. Wow!!
    Can’t believe how great your place looks! It’s a little piece of hawaiina paradise!!
    Lucy, I will get out to visit. This I promise.
    Love you,

  5. Aloha Aunty Lucy,
    We are kama’aina who went military after college, got married, and are now stationed on the mainland. 🙁 Your lilikoi recipes are wonderful. Please keep the recipe section! Seeing your site was awesome; wife’s family has a home Puna side (Kea’au area) although we are townies from Honolulu. Your website makes us homesick, but in the very best way. Blessings to you for the good you do professionally, and of course for the beautiful way you are representing the Big Island online. Much aloha and mahalo!

    1. Mahalo for your warm comments! Sometimes I think I should stop writing, but then I get an encouraging comment like yours and realize it’s worth keeping 🙂 Will you be getting back “home” anytime soon?

  6. Hi Aunty Lucy,
    We try to come home regularly, but are stuck w/crazy work schedules for a loooong time. Which is another reason why your site is so great–we love to see home shown so amazingly. To see all that lava being turned into such beauty is awesome. We have old a’a scars & know how hard lava can be on the body…Please keep on writing–onipa’a, Aunty Lucy; you rock!

  7. Hi Lucy, I was looking for a lilikoi recipe to send my daughter and came across your site. My recipe is similar to yours. I scoop all the insides of the fruit in to a large ss pot and bring to just under a boil. let cool and squeese through cheese cloth then freeze in 1cup batches to use later , i mark the batches with amounts so i know just what to pull out. I also seal tops with wax and lids, maybe this is a hold over from my mom and not necessary now.
    Your book Feral fables intrigues me ahhhhh but no moah kindle. Can I buy it and download it to my computer? Can I send you $$$ and you mail it to me via USPS?
    Happy Solstice
    Pualani on Molokai

    1. Aloha, and thank you for your hints on how to get the pulp from the lilikoi. I’ve tried several ways, and all seem to work. I don’t use wax anymore, but I do sterilize the lids and jars before putting in the lilikoi butter. I’ll send you a private email about how to get Feral Fables. And a Happy Solstice to you, too!! 🙂

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