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Peter Apo

Peter Apo A former legislator, Peter Apo is a trustee of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs and the president of the Peter Apo Company LLC, a cultural tourism consulting company to the visitor industry. He has also been the arts and culture director for Honolulu, the city's director of Waikiki Development and served as special assistant on Hawaiian affairs to Gov. Ben Cayetano. His opinions are his own and do not necessarily reflect the views of OHA or other organizations he is involved in.
Peter Apo: Can Hawaiians Keep Their Aloha In A New Global Order? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Peter Apo: Can Hawaiians Keep Their Aloha In A New Global Order?

The election proved we live in unpredictable times, and that stereotyping certain groups of people is no way to figure out what’s going on.

Peter Apo: Native Hawaiian Or Not, Don’t Ignore OHA Races Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Peter Apo: Native Hawaiian Or Not, Don’t Ignore OHA Races

Some non-voters might think they are showing deference to Native Hawaiians. They are mistaken — we all have a stake in this.

Peter Apo: Preserving Kukaniloko, Most Sacred Of Hawaiian Places Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Peter Apo: Preserving Kukaniloko, Most Sacred Of Hawaiian Places

Nestled between the Waianae and Koolau mountains are stones marking where the progeny of the highest chiefs were born.
Peter Apo: Why Hawaii’s Old Gods Live On Wikimedia/Yoshi Canopus

Peter Apo: Why Hawaii’s Old Gods Live On

The Battle of Kuamo'o was intended to stamp out the kapu system. But a semblance remains, like the battlefield itself.
Peter Apo: Marine Monument Proposal Isn’t ‘Hawaiian’ Courtesy: NOAA

Peter Apo: Marine Monument Proposal Isn’t ‘Hawaiian’

The Western idea of conservation is inconsistent with traditional Hawaiian management of resources.
Peter Apo: Can We Talk About Papahanaumokuakea? Courtesy: James Watt

Peter Apo: Can We Talk About Papahanaumokuakea?

The decision whether to expand the marine national monument should only be made with public input.
Peter Apo: Obama Should Say No To Expanded Marine Monument Courtesy: James Watt

Peter Apo: Obama Should Say No To Expanded Marine Monument

Marine conservation is being used to justify a new wave of foreign intervention across the Pacific.
Peter Apo: Herb Kane Helped To Rebuild The Hawaiian Nation Herbert K. Kane, LLC.

Peter Apo: Herb Kane Helped To Rebuild The Hawaiian Nation

The work of one man was instrumental in making Native Hawaiians see themselves in a different light and overcome transgenerational trauma.
Peter Apo: Rapid Ohia Death Matters More Than You Think Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Peter Apo: Rapid Ohia Death Matters More Than You Think

The fungal disease threatens our most iconic plant, our watersheds and endangered species that rely on ohia for shelter.
Peter Apo: A Tribute To A Prince Of Hawaii Flickr.com/Mark Goebel

Peter Apo: A Tribute To A Prince Of Hawaii

How Prince Kuhio opened the door to U.S. recognition of the rights of Native Hawaiians.
Peter Apo: A Native Hawaiian Constitution Is Born Courtesy of Bryson Hoe

Peter Apo: A Native Hawaiian Constitution Is Born

The aha delegates have done their work. Now it's our turn.
Peter Apo: Nai Aupuni – A Nation Rising Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Peter Apo: Nai Aupuni – A Nation Rising

The political gathering, or Aha, is taking pivotal steps on the path to self-governance.