Bachelor of Arts in English Literature cum laude, Boston University, 1957. Master of Science in Library. Science, Simmons College, 1959.
Master of Arts in English Literature, Mount Holyoke College, 1966. Doctor of Philosophy in Folklore and Folklife, University Pennsylvania, 1978.
Catalogue library Museum Fine Arts, Boston, 1959-1961, Smith College, Northampton, 1965-1966. Instructor English Northeastern University, Boston, 1966-1968. Library Boston Psychoanalytic Institute, 1973-1974.
Associate professor English and Anthropology Atenisi University, Nuku'alofa, Tonga, 1980-1986. Instructor Hawaiian studies University Hawaii-Leeward, Pearl City, 1989-1994. Assistant professor Hawaiian studies University Hawaii-West Oahu, 1994—1999.
Coordinator International Oral Traditions Program, Honolulu, 1994. Co-founder Hui O Na Vahine Honua Earth Women's Collaborative International, 2004.
(Collection of poems with illustrations by the author.)
On The Missiing Mo'olelo of Hawaiian Genealogies: the Makekau Clan
(16vols. Regular; 3vols. Appendiecies. Vol.1-10, 12-13 (20...)
Sailing to Havai'iti and Byzantium
16v. Oral and written family accounts Makekau Clan 1819-2017
Photos, Genealogies, Letters, Clippings, Statistics, Work papers, lists of books, song compositions, sports excellences, arts, sciences, community works. World wide. Begins in Hawai'i and Scotland.
(16v. Oral and written family accounts Makekau Clan 1819-2...)2007
Author: Natural, 1979, Kingdoms of the Heart, 1980, Cyclone Country, 1987, Other Places, 1987, The Firemakers, 1987, The Oxridge Woman, 1998, Histories in Stone, Wood & Bone, 1999, How the Iwa Flies, 2004, Ancestor's Crossing, 2005, The Balloon Hearted Whale, 2005. Founder, editor Journal Hawaiian and Pacific Folklore and Folklife Studies, since 1990, Kamalu'uluolele Publications, since 1979, Hui Kumulipo, 2005.
Member Association Social Anthropology Oceania, Association Literary Scholars and Critics, Society for Hawaiian Archaeology, Pacific Arts Association, University Pennsylvania Alumni Association (Hawaii chapter), Mount Holyoke Alumni Association (Hawaii chapter).
Lily married to Stephen G. Mark, 1954 (1966). Married to Roland Francis Perkins in 1971. Children: Mark 'Umi, Kele Douglas.