Resource Specialist & Program Instructor
Kepo‘o Keli‘ipa‘akaua received his M. A. in ʻIke Hawaiʻi in 2021, and his B.A. in ‘Ike Hawai‘i and ‘Ōlelo Hawai‘i in 2015. He has been working with Nohopapa Hawaiʻi for over seven years as a project lead, researcher, field assistant and alakaʻi on various Wahi Kūpuna Stewardship (WKS, previously known as cultural resource management or CRM) projects across the pae ʻāina from Hawaiʻi Island to Papahānaumokuākea. His primary strengths lie in Native Hawaiian ethnohistorical research pertaining to ʻāina and ʻāina systems, especially as may be reconstructed from information found in historical maps and Mahele documents. Kepoʻo is currently a student in the PhD program in the department of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa.