Mauliola Ke‘ehi's Executive Director Kēhaulani Kupihea grew up fishing with her father in the rich ocean waters of Ke‘ehi.  Her genealogy ties her to this sacred place, and an ancestral calling led her to commit to steward and perpetuate Ke‘ehi, its people, places, practices, culture and history.

With a background in archaeology,  marine science, research and Hawaiian cultural education, Kēhaulani began as a volunteer more than 15 years ago, taking groups over to Mokauea Island to learn and experience all that Ke‘ehi has to offer.

To date, thousands of school groups, community members and other volunteers have made the transformative journey to experience the "healing waters of Ke‘ehi" in the heart of Honolulu. 

The legacy of this sacred place continues through Kēhaulani's family, with her husband Kupihea who also has genealogical ties to this area, and her son, Akā‘eiula‘oahukiniala‘a who is growing up steeped in the stories and practices of his ancestors.


Established in 2019, Mauliola Ke‘ehi builds on the legacy of the families of Ke‘ehi and Mokauea Fisherman's Association (MFA), and the commitment of director Kēhaulani Kupihea. 


With the kuleana to steward the legacy of Ke‘ehi and Mauli Ola, or Sand Island, Mauliola Ke‘ehi promotes the healing of people and place through intentional, facilitated visits to "the healing waters Ke‘ehi" and Mokauea Island.


Over the past 15 years as a volunteer-run program under MFA, the programs and work have grown to encompass more than just the island, to include all four islands of Ke‘ehi and other aspects of Hawaiian cultural education and STEAM that expand across Hawai‘i. 

Come experience the healing waters of Ke‘ehi for yourself and travel back in time to ka wa kahiko (the days of old) as you traverse the blue waters by canoe, encounter sea life on the reef and learn the history of these storied and resonant places.  Give back to this land we call home while helping to clear invasives, remove up marine debris and learn our mo‘olelo and the science of the sea.  E ola!


After Oceanic

Consuelo Foundation 

Honolulu Community College

Islander Institute

JP Levinson Consulting

Kamehameha Schools


Kōkua Kalihi Valley Comprehensive Family Services

Kua ‘Āina Ulu ‘Auamo

Kuwahara ‘Ohana

Mauliola Canoe Club 

Mililani Middle School

New Hope Canoe Club

Polynesian Voyaging Society

University of Hawai‘i West O‘ahu

...and our many volunteers!