Halena Kapuni-Reynolds

Halena Kapuni-Reynolds (Kanaka ʻŌiwi) was born on Hawaiʻi Island and raised in the Hawaiian homestead community of Keaukaha and the upper rain forest of ‘Ōla‘a. He holds a B.A. in Anthropology and Hawaiian Studies from the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo, an M.A. in anthropology with a focus in Museum and Heritage Studies from the University of Denver, and is currently a doctoral student in museum studies and American studies at UH-Mānoa. A past participant in the Smithsonian Institute of Museum Anthropology (2014) and the Peabody Essex Museum Native American Fellowship Program (2015) and a current board member of the Council for Museum Anthropology, Halena continues to work extensively with the museum community in Hawaiʻi.  He has co-organized a range of museum-related events in Hawaiʻi, including the program series Mākau Moʻomeheu: Cultural Competence in Hawaiʻi’s Museums with the Hawaiʻi Museums Association (2020), Seeding Authority: A Symposium on Museum Decolonization (2018), and a series of material culture/object interpretation workshops in partnership with the Hawaiʻi Mission Houses Historic Site and Archive (2019). For his dissertation, Halena plans to craft a decolonial story of Keaukaha, with emphasis on the necessity of centering and acknowledging the agency of specific places in shaping the movements and histories that emerge from them.
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