Scott Kekuewa Kikiloi, Ph.D
University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, Kamakakūokalani Center for Hawaiian Studies
Dr. Kikiloi is an Assistant Professor at the Kamakakūokalani Center for Hawaiian Studies at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. His courses focus primarily in the Mālama ‘Āina concentration and his research interest include Hawaiian resource management, indigenous knowledge, traditional society, genealogies, cultural revitalizations, and community empowerment. His research spans the main Hawaiian Islands, the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, and greater Polynesia.
Kathleen Kawelu, Ph.D
University of Hawai‘i at Hilo, Anthropology Department
Dr. Kawelu is a Professor of Anthropology at the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo. She graduated from Kamehameha Schools Kapālama, then went on to earn her B.A. in Anthropology and a minor in Museum Studies from Beloit College in Wisconsin. She went on to receive her Ph.D. from the University of Berkeley in California. Dr. Kawelu's current research focuses on the politics of archaeology in Hawai‘i and the relationships between archaeologist and Native Hawaiians. She believes that understanding the sociopolitical context within which Hawaiian archaeology is practiced is important to doing good archaeology in the islands. She currently resides in Keaukaha, Hilo with her family.
Native Hawaiian Community Representative
Tiffnie Kakalia is a life-long resident of Moku O Keawe. She has extensive experience working in Native Hawaiian communities in areas inclusive of Native Hawaiian education, cultural preservation and non-profit administration. Her passion is wahi kupuna and the wellness benefits it provides to Kānaka ‘Ōiwi.