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K. Sean Kekina is the Chief Operating Officer of the ‘Aha Pūnana Leo, a Native Hawaiian nonprofit dedicated to revitalizing the Hawaiian language. K. Sean joined the organization in 2019, assuming a newly-created executive position, as the ʻAPL was embarking on a strategic growth trajectory.

Working alongside CEO, Kaʻiulani Laehā, Kekina is charged with streamlining administrative processes, procedures and systems, ensuring efficacious operations and laying a solid foundation for organizational growth and impact.

K. Sean comes to ‘Aha Pūnana Leo (ʻAPL) from the private sector where he worked with premier Hawaiʻi businesses, managing and developing both internal and external stakeholder relations that contributed to the growth and success of overall operations. His experiences in developing organizational capacity, fiscal management, and team leadership serve as a critical foundation for his new role as the organizations COO.

Kekina’s drive to see the ʻAPL become a solid, well-oiled business operation is eclipsed only by his passion to have our ʻōlelo and moʻomeheu Hawaiʻi thrive for generations to come. As the nonprofit leading the Hawaiian language movement, K. Sean sees the long-term viability and sustainability of the business operations of the ʻAPL as fundamental to ensuring the continued forward progress towards the collective vision of E Ola ka ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi.

K. Sean was born and raised on the north shore of Oʻahu in Waiālua and now resides with his wife in Honolulu. He is a graduate of ʻIolani Schools and holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa and master’s degree from Chaminade University of Honolulu.