Malika was born and raised in Papa'ikou on the Hamakua coast of the Big Island of Hawai'i. She is a graduate of Hilo High School and the University of Hawai'i at Manoa, where she was a regent scholar.
Malika also attended Mississippi State University, where she earned her certification in meteorology. She is currently finishing her Masters Degree ("Started 15 years ago! Never too late to finish what you start!") in Communicology at the University of Hawaii at Manoa and is set to graduate in the Spring of 2021.
Malika began her career in news at KGMB9 in 2007. During that time, she was nominated for two Emmy Awards for her weather anchoring and was a regional winner of the prestigious Edward R. Murrow Journalism Award for her reporting on Hawai'i's tsunami damage in 2011. In 2019, Malika was recognized by the Society of Professional Journalists Hawai'i Chapter in the category of Science Reporting for her Big Island Now news report on what was happening beneath the sea surface at the ocean entry of the Puna lava flow.
In her free time, the former Miss Hawaii is a black belt in karate, surfer, jewelry designer, singer, TV Host, and freelance social media influencer and writer. She is a certified CPR teacher and regularly volunteers her time teaching free CPR classes across the state. The classes are now virtual due to covid-19, follow her on Instagram for details on how to sign up. Malika lives in Pukalani on the island of Maui with her husband, Kaimi Judd, and their two children, Jackson and Waipuna.