Daniel Kikiloi


Assistant Professor,
Hawai`inuiakea School of Hawaiian Knowledge

Dr. Kekuewa Kikiloi of the Hawai`inuiakea School of Hawaiian Knowledge adeptly draws from many schools of thought, from ancient, sacred, contemporary, and disciplinary canons to engage students in critical teaching and learning in Hawaiian Studies. Professor Kikiloi believes that a critical pedagogy of place is the impetus for a progressive teaching and mentoring approach that creates an authentic experience for students, one that shapes higher learning outcomes across knowledge, values, attitudes and behaviors. To this end, Professor Kikiloi uses site visits, service learning, community engagement, field training schools and internships with sponsor organizations to provide students with experience-based and contextualized learning environments. One student pursuing a degree in the fields of architecture and planning has benefited uniquely from Dr. Kikiloi’s teaching in “achieving a sense of place identity that spans from geological formation to the present.” She describes him as “inspirational, engaging, empowering, and challenging towards his students,” and “because of Kumu Kekuewa I am steadfast in becoming an agency for change in the lahui Hawaii.” A senior colleague writes of Dr. Kikiloi’s exceptional teaching record, “The volume and diversity of classes taught in the past four years is a testament to his scholarly mastery that enables him to teach four foundational courses and most of the malama aina disciplinary courses in high demand at both BA and MA levels, while developing courses with hybrid potential such as the Hawaiian Archeology field courses.” A colleague from Kamehameha Schools speak of how Dr. Kikiloi’s research in Papahanaumokuakea and Mokumanamana “is mind-blowing and has reframed the way we look at the study and practice of archeology and integration of ethno-historical information to inform our understanding of our past.” He refers to the many students of Professor Kikiloi that can be seen working at Kamehameha Schools and in various community-based aina-focused organizations. A senior colleague who has peer-reviewed student evaluations of Dr. Kikiloi’s courses reflects on how “his fieldwork and development of malama aina courses are exemplary, innovative, out-of- the-box learning endeavors” that “work effectively to engage his student- scholars in complex, interdisciplinary aina-based problem-solving dilemmas requiring them to develop culturally sound research protocols that produce scholarship that queries, inspires and broadens knowing.”

Hawai`inuiakea School of Hawaiian Knowledge