Keʻeaumoku Kapuʻs keynote calls out to young Hawaiian men to get involved in their communities and make changes from within regardless of their age.
Hawaiian cultural practitioner, community organizer, and activist, Mr. Kapu is versed in a number of traditions such as carving, kalo farming, chant and protocol, and traditional Hawaiian warrior fighting arts. Although born and raised on Oʻahu, he returned to Lahaina, Maui with his ʻohana to defend and reclaim his family’s land tides and inherent rights. Currently, he is involved in a legal case with the State Land Use Commission disputing land claims by Makila Land Co. to property located in Kauaʻula valley where his ancestral lineage is rooted. Mr. Kapu has spoken out against government and private land developers who have ignored Native Hawaiian gathering rights regarding land, water, and ocean access. As an advocate for perpetuating traditional Native Hawaiian lifestyles and cultural practices, he is the president of Hui a Wa‘a Kaulua Lahaina and ‘Ōlohe Lua for Nā Koa Kau i Ka Meheu O NāKupuna.