Kealoha is the first Poet Laureate of Hawaii. As an internationally-acclaimed poet and storyteller, he has performed throughout the world — from the White House to Brazil to Switzerland. He has gained national recognition by showcasing at high-profile events such as the National Storytelling Network Conference and the Bay Area Storytelling Festival.
Born and raised in Honolulu, he attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Toward the end of his undergraduate career he worked at the Institute for Defense Analyses (IDA), a federal think tank near Washington, DC, affiliated with the Department of Defense.
He earned a Bachelor of Science degree from MIT with honors and, upon graduation, was hired by the Mitchell Madison Group, a worldwide company for whom he oversaw marketing, aggressive sourcing, business development, internet strategy, corporate strategy, and energy research for clients such as Adidas, Visa, Samsung, Mattel, Sun Microsystems, and Health Net.
In 2009, HBO produced the Russell Simmons Presents “Brave New Voices” documentary. Kealoha was featured as the strategic coach for Youth Speaks Hawaii, which won the entire festival.
Speech Titles / Topics
The Poetry of Us
You Can’t Fool the Youth
Past Organizations Addressed
TedX Honolulu, Bishop Museum, Hawaii DOE, Edmonds Community College, Cross Cultural Health Conference, Juneau Arts Festival, Manoa Heritage Center, University of Illinois, CNHA Native Hawaiian Convention, University of Southern California, among others
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