I am Lani Ma’a Lapilio, attorney and the owner/principal of Aukahi, a cultural resource consulting firm. My work involves advising and assisting public and private sector clients on matters relating to historic preservation compliance and other cultural issues. I have the privilege of serving as a liaison bringing project proponents together with lineal and cultural descendants and other stakeholders to work together to protect ancestral burials discovered in the course of ground disturbance.
Aukahi is responsible for conducting and coordinating effective consultation assuring compliance with Federal and State historic preservation and environmental laws, including Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA), the Native American Graves Protection Repatriation Act (NAGPRA), the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), and Hawaii’s burial laws found in HRS Chapter 6E, and the Hawai’i Administrative Rules.
Over the years we have developed good working relationships with the State Historic Preservation Division staff, the Island Burial Councils, the Historic Preservation Review Commissions, the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, Hawaiian homestead associations, Hawaiian Civic Clubs,and various native Hawaiian organizations.
My community work includes serving as an Advisor emeritus to the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Board member of Manowai, Board member of the Hawai’i Heritage Center, Board member of the Historic Hawai’i Foundation (ex-officio), Board member and officer of the Hawai’i Heptaclor Association, and many other non-profit organizations.
Please contact me if you have any questions or would like to talk story! Mahalo nui loa. Aloha a hui hou. Lani