Please join Laura Waterman Wittstock and Roy Taylor on Wednesday, October 1, 2014 as we talk with Kawika Kolomona Kamake'e'aina, president: Pelekikena of the Native Hawaiian Genealogical Society - ‘Ahahui Hawai‘i O Minnesota. We will talk about Hawaiian genealogy and the continuation of language and lineage in the continental United States.
Kāwika is part of the first-generation of his immediate ‘ohana (family) and the first of his siblings, born and raised in the continental United States. His mother, his maternal grandmother and a maternal aunt, taught him the importance of his Native Hawaiian heritage and culture from a very young age, with an emphasis on moʻokūʻauhau (genealogy) and moʻolelo (history).
Today, Kāwika’s focuses his studies on moʻokūʻauhau and Hawaiian history. Serving as Pelekikena (President) of the Native Hawaiian Genealogical Society (NHGSoc) for the past seven years, Kāwika’s passion is standard genealogical research methodologies, blending them with Native Hawaiian cultural practices and beliefs. Building strength in communities by focusing on relationship building, communication and respect for individual and shared cultural values and differences, is a focus of his efforts.
With a professional background in management and administration, Kāwika currently works in public transportation in a supervisory role with a Minneapolis-St Paul organization where he has been employed for the past ten years.
When he isn’t working, Kāwika devotes his time to non-profit work, travel and spending time with his partner of fourteen years.