Holly Kilinahe Coleman

Holly Kilinahe Coleman is currently a Cultural Specialist II in the Hoʻokahua: Cultural Vibrancy Division at the Kamehameha Schools. From 2010 to 2015, she served as a Research Analyst in the Land, Culture, and History Section of the Research Division at the Office of Hawaiian Affairs.  She obtained a Master’s of Arts Degree in Hawaiian History from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa in 2012 and specializes in archival research of Hawaiian language manuscripts and newspapers.  She is fluent in Hawaiian. In 2009, she was selected as one of twelve fellows for the inaugural Smithsonian Institute for Museum Anthropology.  In 2012, she was a fellow in the Kamehameha Schools First Nations Futures Program, where she conducted ethnographic research on Community-Based Marine Resource Management on Hawai‘i Island, Maui, Moloka‘i, O‘ahu, and Kaua‘i. Holly was also a cultural consultant for the book Humehume of Kaua‘i: A Boy’s Journey to America, An Ali‘i’s Return Home (Kamehameha Publishing, 2008).