Daniel Kaniela Kahikina Akaka Jr.
Daniel “Kaniela” Kahikina Akaka, Jr. was born & raised in Nu‘uanu and Pauoa Valleys. He attended the Kamehameha Schools for 13 years. His educational career continued at the University of Hawai‘i where he received a Bachelor’s degree in the Hawaiian Studies Program. Akaka is presently employed at the Mauna Lani on the Island of Hawai‘i, as the Director of Cultural Affairs. His position at the Mauna Lani Bay Hotel allows him to share the history and culture of Hawai‘i with the hotel guests as well as the many school groups that come to Mauna Lani to learn about Hawaiian aquaculture. In keeping with the Hawaiian culture, he has had the opportunity to be a crewmember of the Hokule‘a for three of its voyages. His position on the canoe was as the Protocol Officer. Akaka was also honored to be a participant on other canoe projects which included the making of the “Mauloa” canoe as well as working on the construction and sailing on the double-hulled canoe “Makali‘i”.