Kepā is responsible for supervising all Pūlama Lānaʻi activities related to archaeological-cultural surveys, preservation planning of cultural resources, and encouraging the perpetuation and preservation of Lānaʻi’s traditions and historical heritage. He works to ensure the history and culture of Lānaʻi are passed down by sharing the history of Lānaʻi with residents, visitors, and staff members.
Prior to joining Pūlama Lānaʻi, Kepā was the Director of the Lānaʻi Culture and Heritage Center. He is a highly sought after and respected expert on historical and ethnographic studies and has served on many cultural heritage and natural resource management boards across the state. Kepā has worked for the National Park Service and served as the curator/exhibit designer for the Kauaʻi Museum and was the Executive Director of the Hoakalei Cultural Foundation with Haseko Inc.
Kepā was raised on Lāna’i and has conducted extensive research and documented history, archaeological and cultural sites around the island. In 1999, Kepā received the American Planning Association (Hawaiʻi Chapter) Environmental/Preservation Award and, in 2010, he and his wife Onaona were recognized by the Historic Hawaii Foundation for their work on Lānaʻi.