Nan Cabatbat

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Interview with Nanette “Nan” Kuʻulei Akau (Cabatbat) at Hosmer Grove, Haleakalā June 11, 2021. Interview was conducted by Alana Kanahele. This project was a collaboration between the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa's Center for Oral History and the National Park Service.

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Nanette Kuʻulei Akau was born in Richmond, California on March 3rd, 1950. Her mother is from Kūʻau and her father is from Hilo. She served as an employee of the Hawaiʻi Pacific Parks Association for over thirty years. Nan got involved in the parks along with her husband, Kimo Cabatbat, who was a park ranger at Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park as well as Haleakalā's National Park at both the Summit and Kīpahulu district. Nan worked at the Summit visitor center and performed Hawaiian oli each day at sunrise. She has served as the park’s leader in stewardship of Hawaiian knowledge and traditions, and has trained many interpretive rangers, interns, and other park staff. She retired from the park service in 2019.

Last updated: January 20, 2022

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