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The Strategy Support Team

The Strategy Support Team has worked closely with Leo Kāhoa to organize the Huamakahikina Declaration on the Integrity, Stewardship, and Protection of Hula to reflect the input and intentions of contributing Kumu Hula. This team has also been identifying some of the broader implications of, and potential policy avenues for, the Declaration, as well as crafting verbiage that enables those possibilities.

Keoni Kuoha

Keoni is from Waimānalo Homestead and currently resides in Puʻeokalani, Maui. He studied oli with John Lake and hula with John Kaimikaua. And, for the past 15 years, he has learned from his aikāne, Pueo Pata. Through both training and experience, Keoni has honed his knowledge and skills in Hawaiian education, resource management, nonprofit administration, and policy development. Keoni has served as the Preamble Committee Chair at the Hawaiian Constitutional Convention of 2016, and he has served in various leadership roles as a member of Prince Kūhiō Hawaiian Civic Club.


Uʻilani Tanigawa Lum

Originally from Makawao, Maui, Uʻilani is a licensed attorney and graduate of the William S. Richardson School of Law with certificates in Native Hawaiian Law and Environmental Law.  She is currently a Post-Juris Doctor Fellow at Ka Huli Ao Center for Excellence in Native Hawaiian Law, the President of the West Maui Preservation Association, and the Director of Operations at Kāhuli Leo Leʻa. Uʻi recently underwent a formal ʻūniki process as a hoʻopaʻa with Kumu Hula Nāpua Greig and now resides in ʻĀhuimanu, Koʻolaupoko, Oʻahu, with her husband, Zachary, and son, Kuaola Kamaleiokauhale.


Makalika Nāholowaʻa

Makalika Naholowaʻa is an attorney and intellectual property expert. For the last 8 years she has primarily practiced within the technology industry as a lawyer at Microsoft. She also maintains a part of her practice focused on indigenous peoples' rights and protections. Alongside legal work, Makalika is a haumāna of hoʻoponopono as well, studying and training under Kumu Lynette Paglinawan of the Kumu Pukui hoʻoponopono lineage. Makalika lives with her husband and daughter in Honolulu. She is a member of the Naki and Kaʻawa family living on Molokaʻi and the Naholowaʻa family on Oʻahu.

Strategy Support Team: Meet the Team

Additional Strategy & Drafting Input Provided by:

Melody MacKenzie, Professor, William S. Richardson School of Law

Sharde Mersberg Freitas, Public Policy Advocate, Office of Hawaiian Affairs

Wayne Tanaka, Public Policy Manager, Office of Hawaiian Affairs

Olan Leimomi Fisher, Public Policy Advocate, Office of Hawaiian Affairs

Letani Peltier, Public Policy Advocate, Office of Hawaiian Affairs

Nina Ki, Public Policy Advocate, Office of Hawaiian Affairs

Strategy Support Team: Who We Are
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