LINKING HAWAIʻI'S PAST TO REVITALIZE ITS FUTURE
Nohopapa Hawaiʻi provides a wide range of Hawaiian cultural resource management services to assist agencies, private land owners, and communities in protecting and restoring important wahi kūpuna (ancestral places) in order to re-establish loina kūpuna (cultural traditions). The term “noho papa” means to “reside in a place over the course of generations.” It is the mission of our organization to strengthen generational ties and time honored commitments between communities and their lands once again. Noho means to “become situated,” while papa can also mean “layers,” recognizing that in order to create healthy communities, they must be firmly situated within the rich layers of historical meaning of our Hawaiian places. It is a relationship between people and ʻāina that continually deepens as the knowledge is gained and people themselves become established as a foundation piece of the land.
The Nohopapa Hawaiʻi Logo design is a traditional concept called “pāhono” used as an ancient stamping print and also as a method of mending or repairing splits in objects. The term pāhono can be understood to mean “collectively unifying” referring to an ancient ritual done during the ʻaha ceremonies by our illustrious chiefs to pull the people together in an effort to acquire mana from the ancestral gods.
The design column utilizes both positive and negative space to create different dimensions of cultural meaning for our logo. The positive space creates a distinct image of a vertical sequence that represents the moʻokūʻauhau (genealogy) and the inherent kuleana that goes with being from a particular place over generations. Genealogy is a core aspect of our company identity because we understand in order to know where we are going, we must know where and who we come from.
The negative space creates the inverse image and layered meaning of the binding that occurs through wedges (pewa) across temporal dimensions of past, present, future. Balancing cultural integrity and modernity are central themes in the services we provide. This unique logo demonstrates how we integrate the strengths of both the traditional Hawaiian and modern Western knowledge systems to bear on the work we do.
Our Nohopapa team is committed to high professional standards concerning historic preservation, as well as possessing extensive cultural background in regards to dealing with physical remains of our historical past. Our formal education and work experience derives from the fields of Archaeology, Cultural Anthropology, Hawaiian Studies, Pacific Island Studies, and Historic Preservation. Our hui also utilizes Hawaiian language in our research in order to draw from a broader range of historical documents to understand historical land use and practices. We always strive to balance preservation priorities with adaptive reuse and restoration to help make cultural materials and places relevant and meaningful to communities once again. Our hui also consists of Hawaiian cultural practitioners that are capable of conducting appropriate ceremonies, chants, and protocols to ensure the highest degree of respect and consideration is given to all projects and work situations
To encourage and facilitate the process where one becomes noho papa in a place; to arrange, put in order
To have a deep and cherished love for the land which created and sustains us
To view our work as both a privilege and responsibility
To recognize, appreciate, and encourage the preservation, perpetuation, and continuity of our wahi pana and lāhui
To honor and acknowledge the genealogies of both ʻāina and kānaka
To be humble, modest, unassuming, unobtrusive, and maintain humility
To be alert, vigilant, watchful, and wide awake in our hana
To recognize, feel, and understand righteousness, properness and goodness in all we do
NOHOPAPA LEADERSHIP TEAM
Kelley Lehuakeaopuna Uyeoka was born and raised in Kailua, Oʻahu and traces her ‘ohana lineage to the ‘āina of Puna and Kohala, Hawai‘i Island and Kīpahulu and Haneo‘o, Maui. She graduated from Kamehameha Schools, Kapālama, then received her B.A. in Cultural Anthropology and Pacific Island Studies from UH Hilo. In 2009 she received her Masters in Applied Archaeology and a Graduate Certificate in Historic Preservation from UH Mānoa. Kelley has worked for a number of cultural resource management companies on a variety of projects. She developed the Wahi Kūpuna Internship Program in 2010 and continues to serve as Program Director. In 2012 she helped to create Huliauapaʻa, a non-profit organization whose mission is to grow Hawaiʻi’s communities through culturally based dimensions of innovative learning, leadership development and collaborative networking in wahi kupuna stewardship.
Kekuewa Kikiloi is from Heʻeia Oʻahu. He is a graduate of the Kamehameha Schools and recently obtained his Ph.D. in Anthropology (Archaeology) from the University of Hawaiʻi 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 and bringing this knowledge to bear on cultural revitalization efforts today. Over the past 10 years he has worked in cultural resource management and research in Hawaiʻi. He held positions such as the Cultural Program Coordinator for the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument, and the Cultural Assets Manager the Kamehameha Schools. His interest, passion, and commitment lie in the protection and stewardship of wahi kūpuna and the revitalization of loina kahiko.