Iokepa Nae’ole is the Cultural Advisor for HWDC. Iokepa is a Hawaiian Language Immersion and Nature Conservancy educator, Ocean Guide and Cultural Specialist.
Born and raised in Kahului, Maui, Nae’ole began exploring Maui’s North Shore at a young age, learning how to swim, dive, surf, fish and paddle outrigger canoes. He also participated as a member of the Hawai’i State Champion Hawaiian Canoe Club.
He has a strong commitment to the preservation of Hawaiian culture and is the manager of Hale Huaka’i at Kaanapali Beach Hotel.