Alika was born and raised in Hana, Maui until he attended St. Anthonyʻs Elementary School in Wailuku, Maui for his “formative years of education”. Beginning in his 7th grade year he lived away from his Maui family and boarded at the Kamehameha Schoolsʻ Kapalama campus in Honolulu. He graduated from Kamehameha High School in 1972 with All-State Athletic Awards in football, basketball, and track & field. After the completion of high school, he attended Hastings College in Hastings, Nebraska where he received a Bachelors of Arts Degree in 1977 with the primary field of study in Physical Education and Biology. While at Hastings College he received numerous awards of recognition for football and for serving as the President of the Kappa Tau Phi fraternity for two years. Upon completion of his college education, he returned to Maui and has been an active community servant leader for the past 40 years.
He is a Kanaka Maoli (Indigenous Hawaiian) descended from five generations of ‘ohana (family) on Maui alone and is also from a Filipino family that migrated here during the early Sugar plantation era days. He is married to Maile Arensdorf Atay and has two children; a daughter, Moani Tiare Atay who attends Kamehameha Schoolʻs Maui campus and a son, Matahi Atay who currently attends Ke Kula Kaiapuni o Pā‘ia.