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KEOLA RYAN: Instructor, Kamakakūokalani

Keola Ryan was born and raised on the island of Oʻahu.  Thanks to his family he grew up with a deep appreciation for Hawaiian culture and the outdoors.  At a very young age Keola was also introduced to the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa (UHM) by his grandfather, Paul Hummel, a retired professor of civil engineering.

After graduating from Kamehameha Schools, Keola attended UHM and entered the Hawaiian Studies program.  He has since earned a Bachelor’s of Arts in Spanish Language and Hawaiian Studies as well as a Master’s Degree in Hawaiian Studies specializing in mālama ʻāina and kumu kahiki.  His thesis entitled Rapa Nui-Hawaiʻi Connections: A Translation of Geo-Etimoligia de la Isla de Pascua analyzes Rapa Nui place names in comparison to those of Hawaiʻi and the greater Pacific.

In addition to teaching at Kamakakūokalani Center for Hawaiian Studies, Keola also works at Kamehameha Schools as a Cultural Specialist.  In 2009, along with his wife, Keola established North Shore EcoTours a business that brings his interests in Hawaiian culture, nature, and education together.  Hula is another one of Keola’s great passions.

Office Phone: 808-956-0553

Office Fax: 808-973-0988

Office Location: KAMA 103A


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