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Kalani Akana, PhD.

Kalani Akana, Ph.D.  is the research analyst at OHA. He is a kumu hula,  kumu oli,  and kumu ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi.  He  has  authored  numerous  articles on hei (Hawaiian string figures) and indigenous ways of knowing and doing and  was  invited to speak at a Presidential Session of the Indigenous Peoples of the Pacific SIG at the American Education Research Association in April 2017.  In 2000, he co-organized and led the Hawaiian delegation to the Festival of Pacific Arts in New Caledonia.