Kekuewa Kikiloi Keynote
Kekuewa Kikiloi is from He‘eia, Oahu. He is a graduate of Kamehameha Schools and a doctoral candidate in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Hawai'i 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. Over the past decade he has helped to pioneer historical research concerning Papahānaumokuākea (the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands), working to establush renewed cultural connections to this remote part of our archipelago. He is a former recipient of a number of local and national award ranging from the Sarah Nakoa Hawaiian Language Perpetual Scholarship Award to the National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship Award. Also, he is currently a recipient of the Mellon Hawai‘i Doctoral Fellowship finishing up his final months of his doctoral work. He is involved in a number of community efforts, but is primarily a member of Hale Mua o Kūali‘i, a community group of Hawaiian men working to establish a cultural foundation for kāne through leadership, ceremonial rituals, chants, protocols, and traditional fighting arts.