Kekuewa Kikiloi is from Heʻeia Oʻahu. He is a graduate of the Kamehameha Schools and obtained his Ph.D. in Anthropology (Archaeology) from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. His educational background is primarily in Hawaiian Studies and Anthropology, where his research has been focused on understanding the nature and complexity of traditional Hawaiian society and bringing this knowledge to bear on cultural revitalization efforts today. Over the past 20 years he has worked in cultural resource management and research in Hawaiʻi. He held previous positions such as the Cultural Program Coordinator for the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument, and the Cultural Assets Manager at the Kamehameha Schools. His interest, passion, and commitment lie in the protection and stewardship of wahi kūpuna and the revitalization of loina kahiko.