Born and raised in Honolulu, Hawai’i, Marion Lyman-Mersereau is a retired middle school teacher with over forty years as an educator. Outside of the classroom where she taught ethics and government, she has been a yoga teacher, outrigger canoe paddling coach, and outdoor education director. She is now teaching mindfulness to pre-school and elementary students and in several online mindful movement classes to adults. She has been a mindfulness practitioner for over a decade.
Marion has authored a children’s book, Eddie Wen’ Go - The Story of the Upside Down Canoe, about her experience on the famous voyaging canoe, Hokule’a, when it capsized in the Kaiwi channel in 1978 and Eddie Aikau paddled away in search of rescuers. She adapted the story into a play which premiered in 2014 to sold out houses at Hawaii Theater. It will be remounted at the University of Hawaii in January-February of 2022 at Kennedy Theater. She also co-authored a book entitled Character Education which emphasizes speciﬁc values that become part of a person’s head, heart, and hands.
She is married and has two sons. Marion’s husband, Arthur, is a retired physics teacher and now letter to the editor writer and scrap wood artist. Her older son is a working actor, currently living in Brazil, who is married with two young sons. Her younger son has been a teacher, coach and outdoor education director for eleven years and also has a young son.