Ikaika Bishop is passionate about cultivating the land, the ocean, and technologies that advance our use and understanding of cultural practices. As an entrepreneur, he has worked with many organizations including the DOE, KSBE, PAF, and Key Project, developing capacity in technology and agriculture. His recent work includes co-publishing a Hawaiian video game “Wao Kanaka” where students can learn about conserving our precious resources in either English or Olelo Hawaii. As a farmer he grows tropical flowers and bananas organically on his 5 acre farm in Punalu`u since 2013.
Nanea Lo is from Papakōlea, Oʻahu. She is a Kanaka Maoli (native Hawaiian) Through civic engagement and community organizing, Lo is an academic that advocates for Hawaiian sovereignty, aloha ‘āina, and feminism. She has been a part of innovative local and international programs such as the Native American Political Leadership Program, Hawaiʻi Asia-Pacific Leadership Program, Kuleana Academy, Young Pacific Leaders, and Peace Scholars. Her motto in life is,” Be the voice, be the change.”
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Kamaka Pili is a native of Kailua, O’ahu, a once quiet town that is now a daytime tourist destination. This was a big driver for Kamaka to learn the stories of his home that aren’t shared a lot today. Through this process, it has inspired him to continue to learn stories, history and culture of old Hawai’i so that he can share and perpetuate those into the future for our native Hawaiian communities, locals, island residents and even tourists. “Aloha Authentic” became the platform in which he utilizes to be a Native Hawaiian storyteller and inspire others to learn about their own history and culture.
Aaron Kagawa has shared his expertise with over 1,000 students on Oahu. Kagawa is the co-founder of Altino Coding and Product Manager at a global technology startup, Kentik Technologies Inc. Kagawa also volunteers his time as technical lead towards cultural and technology efforts like Native Stories, a nonprofit audio content platform and production focused on authentic stories and experiences.