Historic Preservation Specialist & Project Coordinator
Rachel Hoerman is a settler who calls Kailua, Oʻahu, home. Born and raised on the continent, she traces her family’s roots to Eastern Europe. She holds a B.A. in history and studio art from Lawrence University, Wisconsin, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Anthropology from UH Mānoa. Rachel possesses 15 years of academic and applied heritage preservation experience throughout Oceania and Southeast Asia, with a focus on Hawai’i, Micronesia, and Malaysian Borneo. Rachel provides Huliauapaʻa program and grant support. She is humbled to serve on the Kaliʻuokapaʻakai Collective’s ʻAha Kuapapa, and to represent the Kaliʻuokapaʻakai Collective in the Governor’s Working Group for the Revision of the Administrative Rules Pertaining to Historic Preservation, as well as other working groups focused on addressing the curation crisis and lack of heritage stewardship regulatory pathways in Hawaiʻi. Her passion and interests lie in heritage policy advocacy, working to support indigenous indigenous/local/community priorities and agency in heritage practices and frameworks, and pono allyship.