Trevi Alohilani Pendro was born in Los Angeles and grew up on the island of Alameda, California. As a child, she was inspired by her father's love of Frank Lloyd Wright – building sculptures with found bricks in the front yard – and knew she always had to make with her hands. Her journey as a craftsperson began at The Crucible in West Oakland, California, a non-profit industrial arts school. She took her first jewelry fabrication class at twelve years old and became a youth intern at fifteen. Her time at The Crucible made her realize metals was exactly what she needed to be doing, her passion. She continued on to get her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Jewelry/Metal Arts at California College of the Arts with a minor in Writing and Literature. She was a 2016-17 Artist in Residence at the Mendocino Art Center.