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Peter Apo

Peter Apo is a former trustee of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs and legislator. He is the president of the Peter Apo Company, 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.

Peter Apo: ‘Tis The Season For Makahiki Courtesy: Miki‘ala Lidstone

Peter Apo: ‘Tis The Season For Makahiki

The convergence of celebrations at this time of year springs forward with its overarching sense of goodness, human dignity, respect for all life and making the world a better place.

Peter Apo: Money For Digital Equity For Indigenous Groups Is Just A Start Tim Wright/Civil Beat/2021

Peter Apo: Money For Digital Equity For Indigenous Groups Is Just A Start

Billions of dollars for connectivity will help break down the digital divide, but Congress should resist creating new regulatory hurdles.

 

Peter Apo: A Different Model For Hawaii Tourism Based On Community Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

Peter Apo: A Different Model For Hawaii Tourism Based On Community

What if tourism benefited not just the tourists, but the people and places that hosted them?

Peter Apo: Hawaiians Must Agree On The Meaning Of Sovereignty To Achieve It Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2016

Peter Apo: Hawaiians Must Agree On The Meaning Of Sovereignty To Achieve It

The successful pursuit of Hawaiian sovereignty will take extraordinary leadership and considerable financial resources.

Peter Apo: Aloha Is Hawaii Law, A Global Brand And A System Of Positive Behavior Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Peter Apo: Aloha Is Hawaii Law, A Global Brand And A System Of Positive Behavior

In a world sorely in need of more aloha, maybe start with a small act of kindness.

Peter Apo: How To Manage Hawaii Tourism For The Future Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

Peter Apo: How To Manage Hawaii Tourism For The Future

The pandemic gave the public a breather, and residents want a return to some semblance of sanity.

Peter Apo: How To Build A Virtual Hawaiian Nation Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2019

Peter Apo: How To Build A Virtual Hawaiian Nation

There is a vast network of outstanding Hawaiian organizations. What’s missing is leadership.

Peter Apo: How A Violent Battle In 1819 Still Impacts Hawaii Today Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Peter Apo: How A Violent Battle In 1819 Still Impacts Hawaii Today

The transition to Christianity that happened after the battle of Kuamo‘o left Hawaiians completely vulnerable to colonialism.

Peter Apo: How Should We Define Hawaiian In The 21st Century? Blaze Lovell/Civil Beat/2019

Peter Apo: How Should We Define Hawaiian In The 21st Century?

From bloodline to living aloha, there are many ways for one to be Hawaiian.