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“Voices of Kalaeloa” Oral-History Project Records Stories for Future Generations

December 20, 2023

Hunt Development Group Hawai‘i is proud to have embarked on a project to record oral histories from some of Kalaeloa’s most esteemed community members. “Voices of Kalaeloa” will ultimately be a series of videos that Hunt will share via social media and on its websites.

The vision for the “Voices of Kalaeloa” series extends beyond its role as an educational resource; Hunt hoped that creation of the project would serve as a unique learning opportunity for University of Hawai‘i-West O‘ahu students while also employing an alumnus to lead production.

Gabriel “Gabby” Navalta, who graduated from UHWO’s Academy for Creative Media in May,
is the project’s professional director and lead videographer. ACM student Noah Ulep served as an intern on the project before graduating earlier this month.

In September, the project team spent a day in a number of Kalaeloa locations to record the first
of the project’s video oral histories with Brad Sekigawa, historian at the former Naval Air Station Museum Barbers Point. Brad, co-author of "Images of Aviation: Barbers Point NAS", is considered one of the most knowledgeable local experts on Kalaeloa’s military history.

Hunt followed that with its next interview in the video series: Shad Kane, board member and historian of Kalaeloa Heritage Park and Native Hawaiian cultural practitioner. Uncle Shad is widely regarded as the pre-eminent cultural historian for the Kalaeloa area and the Hunt team has been working closely with him throughout the development of its area holdings.

“Voices of Kalaeloa” Oral-History Project Records Stories for Future Generations