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Kainoa Horcajo Messenger + Cultural Advisor + Visionary

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“Moving Forward as One”

Meeting Kainoa Horcajo is like standing next to the spirit of King Kamehameha.  Just as his King united the Hawaiian Islands, Kainoa uses his cultural understanding to help bridge the gap between cultures. Renowned Hawaiian Cultural Advisor, Emmy winning Television personality, TedxMaui Host and next generation Maui Maverick Leader, Kianoa Horcajo is championing Hawaiian perspectives to the world.  Weaving cultural values into personal development, motivational messages, and productivity training, Kainoa invites his audience to embrace their personal gifts through a deeper understanding of the Hawaiian teachings.

Kainoa has hosted and facilitated conferences and workshops including TEDx Maui 2012, 2013, and 2014, and is often called upon to speak on Native Hawaiian issues across the country.

Born and raised on the island of Maui, Kainoa Horcajo serves as a “bridge” between people, cultures and industries.  A lifelong student of indigenous cultures, specifically Kanaka Maoli culture and practices, Kainoa studies under the guidance of highly respected kupuna (elders) in varied disciplines such as traditional celestial calendars, martial arts, herbal and energetic healing, and more. Having studied International Relations, along side of learning the traditional wisdom of his kupuna, Kainoa continues to develop innovative and approachable ways to connect people with the Hawaiian culture and its important messages for the world.

Having served as the Hawaiian Cultural Ambassador at the Andaz Maui and the Grand Wailea Resort of Maui , Kainoa was responsible for guiding the resorts in cultural accuracy and consistency along with training all team members in the history and culture of Hawai'i.  Kainoa seeks to create an authentic Hawaiian sense of place while instilling culturally-grounded values throughout the workplace.  While working with the team at Andaz Maui, prior to the resort’s opening, Kainoa assisted in the conceptualization and naming of the resort’s now award-winning outlets Ka’ana Kitchen and ‘Awili Spa & Salon.  As a certified alaka’i of NaHHA’s Ola Hawaii, Kainoa continues to conduct culture-based training for a variety of Hawai'i companies.

He is a graduate of the University of San Diego, earning his Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations focusing on Indigenous Peoples and Politics. His post-graduate education includes the Ka Ipu Kukui fellowship program for community-selected future leaders and the Native Hawaiian Hospitality Association’s Ola Hawaii place-based hospitality training program.  Outside of all his endeavors, Kainoa also sits on a few non-profit community boards and helps with his family's coffee farm in Iao Valley, Mahina Farms.

  • Tapping into Your Ancestral Roots

    Are you faced with a serious life dilemma or a professional quandary? Are you searching for the answers to the questions that plague you? Do you feel like you lack the strength to complete a task? The answers you seek are in your past, in your ancestors, no matter where you come from.

    Key points/takeaways:

    • To find the answers to a present problem, look to the past
    • We all are descendants of those who were faster, smarter, and stronger
    • Self-knowledge leads to self-mastery, and self-mastery leads to problem solving

    Cohesiveness During Rapid Change

    Changes in life and business are a certainty, and sometimes a necessity. Maintaining composure and cohesiveness during change is the challenge.  The same ancient values that guided the early Polynesians across the oceans thousands of years before Columbus can guide your organization through the waters of change... while keeping everyone together and moving forward with purpose.

    Key Points/Takeaways:

    • A change of perspective can reveal new horizons
    • The key to a permanent culture shift is an unwavering foundation
    • There is no weakest link

    The Servant Hero

    All too often today we are fed the misconception of the “self-made man;” the individual who pulled himself or herself up by their own bootstraps and went on to conquer the world. Not only is this story a fallacy, but it does harm to those who could benefit most if the story were told true. Look back at heroes from the past and the present who are the opposite of the “self-made man” fallacy and find within yourself the power to be a hero in your own life and the lives of those around you.

     Key Points/Takeaways:

    • A true hero doesn't expect to come home to fanfare, rather they come home to do more good
    • We stand on the shoulders of those who came before us
    • Heroes are all around us, and inside of us
  • “Kainoa is an excellent public speaker who is well versed in a number of areas including but certainly not limited to Native Hawaiian Cultural Hospitality Training and Event Hosting.”

    — Michael Snyder, Founder & President Hawaiian Electric Vehicle Network (HEVN) 

    "Kainoa was an integral part of “Aloha” training for the APEC Conference here in Hawaii. His simple, yet profound stories and discussion on the integration of true Hawaiian Hospitality and the often misunderstood “Aloha Spirit” into personal and business life will lead you down a path of introspection - to a foundation of respect, loyalty, and honor. Kulia i ka nu’u!"

    — Craig Tanaka, Assistant Director of Security at The Grand Wailea Resort, A Waldorf Astoria Resort

    "Kainoa is an incredible and gifted speaker. He can captivate a small audience and a group large enough to fill the entire MACC auditorium. He works very well with everyone and is professional and personable."

    — Jessica Pearl, Jessica Pearl Photography/ Pearl Wedding Photography

    “Kainoa is an excellent facilitator of projects between groups and individuals. His passion for pono actions is equal to his understanding of the diverse cultures here in Hawaii. “

    -  Joy Webster, Owner at Bag of Joy 

    “Kainoa has a gift, for storytelling.”

    – Carol Cain, Girl Gone Travel

Kainoa has hosted and facilitated conferences and workshops including TEDx Maui 2012, 2013, and 2014, and is often called upon to speak on Native Hawaiian issues across the country.

Born and raised on the island of Maui, Kainoa Horcajo serves as a “bridge” between people, cultures and industries.  A lifelong student of indigenous cultures, specifically Kanaka Maoli culture and practices, Kainoa studies under the guidance of highly respected kupuna (elders) in varied disciplines such as traditional celestial calendars, martial arts, herbal and energetic healing, and more. Having studied International Relations, along side of learning the traditional wisdom of his kupuna, Kainoa continues to develop innovative and approachable ways to connect people with the Hawaiian culture and its important messages for the world.

Having served as the Hawaiian Cultural Ambassador at the Andaz Maui and the Grand Wailea Resort of Maui , Kainoa was responsible for guiding the resorts in cultural accuracy and consistency along with training all team members in the history and culture of Hawai'i.  Kainoa seeks to create an authentic Hawaiian sense of place while instilling culturally-grounded values throughout the workplace.  While working with the team at Andaz Maui, prior to the resort’s opening, Kainoa assisted in the conceptualization and naming of the resort’s now award-winning outlets Ka’ana Kitchen and ‘Awili Spa & Salon.  As a certified alaka’i of NaHHA’s Ola Hawaii, Kainoa continues to conduct culture-based training for a variety of Hawai'i companies.

He is a graduate of the University of San Diego, earning his Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations focusing on Indigenous Peoples and Politics. His post-graduate education includes the Ka Ipu Kukui fellowship program for community-selected future leaders and the Native Hawaiian Hospitality Association’s Ola Hawaii place-based hospitality training program.  Outside of all his endeavors, Kainoa also sits on a few non-profit community boards and helps with his family's coffee farm in Iao Valley, Mahina Farms.

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