Kepo`o Keli`ipa`akaua

Kepo`o Keli`ipa`akaua was raised in Wai`anae but now lives in Hono’uli’uli.  A double major in Hawaiian Studies and Hawaiian language, he plans to earn a PhD, possibly in ethnobotany. To this end, he works at the Mala ‘Oiwi native garden on the Leeward campus. He finds it especially rewarding to help students and other visitors to make connections between science and culture. Eventually, Kepo’o would like to return to Leeward CC as a teacher. His favorite quote paraphrases a work by Hawaiian Force of Hilo, Hawai’i:

I nā mālama ‘oe i ka ‘āina, na ka ‘āina malama iā ‘oe (if you take care of the land, the land will take care of you).

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