Hawaiian Company. Hawaiian Values.
We were born here, raised here, and are raising our families here. We work only for the good of Hawai`i, because Hawai`i is the only home we have ever known.
These simple realities are at the heart of everything Honua Consulting does.
We are selective with the projects we take, as we believe it is important to only work on projects that help Hawai`i and the Hawaiian community. We conduct ourselves with the utmost integrity. We hold ourselves to the highest standards of excellence.
We invite you to learn more about us and our projects. We also encourage you to sign up for our mailing list(s), which often provides the Hawaiian community with critical opportunities to learn about economic, environmental or community consultation opportunities. Honua Consulting consists of a small group of Hawaiian contractors who work in Hawai`i to provide professional services in the areas of culture, education, community relations and environmental services.
Honua Consulting Capacity Statement (Click link to download Honua Consulting capacity statement)
Honua Consulting was founded in 2003 by Dr. Trisha Kēhaulani Watson following the birth of her son so she could stay home with him and still work. Today Honua Consulting proudly continues with contractors who effectively balance family and work.
Dr. Trisha Kehaulani Watson
Trisha Kehaulani Watson, JD, PhD, was born and raised in Mānoa, Hawai’i. She earned a BA in Sociology and American Studies from the University of Hawai’i in 1999. Her MA is from Washington State University in American Studies where she wrote her thesis on environmental justice on O’ahu’s Leeward Coast. She earned a JD and environmental law certificate from the William S. Richardson School of Law at the University of Hawai’i in 2003 where she focused on non-profit organizations, civil rights and environmental law.
She owns her own consulting company that specializes in non-profit organizations, environmental and cultural assessments, facilitation, strategic planning, community consultation and mediation.
In 2008, she completed her PhD in American Studies. Her dissertation, Ho’i Hou ia Papahanaumoku: A History of the Ecocolonization of the Pu’uhonua of Wai’anae, focused Native Hawaiian natural resource management. She has worked with numerous Native Hawaiian and conservation organizations; she is a member of ‘Ahahui Ka’ahumanu, the Daughters of Hawai’i and is a Board Member with the Hawaiian Civic Club of Honolulu. Her academic areas of interests are law, natural resource management practices, and economic and community development.
Matthew Kawaiola Sproat
An award winning musician and storyteller, Matthew Kawaiola Sproat is widely recognized as a leader in the Hawaiian community. As a member of some of the largest and most prominent families in the Native Hawaiian community, Matthew uses his upbringing as a fisherman, diver, practitioner and musician to advocate for Hawaiians locally and internationally. He has been featured and awarded numerous times by the visitor industry for his unique ability to bring communities and cultures together.
He is the manager and owner of Waipuna Entertainment, LLC. Waipuna Entertainment is a thriving Hawaiian music and entertainment business that oversees management of the three time Na Hoku Hanohano musical group Waipuna and all its associated entertainment industry business. In addition to extensive performing and work throughout Hawai`i, Waipuna Entertainment is active across the globe and regularly travels throughout the United States and Asia.
Mr. Sproat has previously served as the Outrigger Hotels Hawaiian Events Coordinator.
Rosanna Thurman, M.A.
Ms. Thurman is Honua’s principle investigator under our SHPD Permit. She has a master’s in applied archaeology. She has previously worked as an archaeologist for the Illinois Transportation Archaeological Research Project (ITARP) and the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDot). She moved to Hawaii in 2007 and has led numerous successful projects across the state. She joined Honua in 2014.
Jamaica Heolimeleikalani Osorio, M.A.
Ms. Osorio is recent graduate of Stanford University (B.A.) and New York University (M.A.). A notable Hawaiian poet, writer, musician and performer, she appeared in the HBO series “Brave New Voices,” during which she won the National Youth Slam Poetry Championship. She’s since performed across the country, including for President Obama at the White House. She served as Honua Consulting’s student intern since summer 2011, when she joined the staff full time and again in the Winter 2011. She has been a valuable asset to the Honua team, helping with numerous projects, including work with the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary and work using her Hawaiian language fluency. As the daughter of famed music, professor, historian and community leader Jon Osorio, Jamaica has a lifetime of experience with Hawaiian community leadership and engagement.
Elmer K. Ka`ai Jr, a graduate of the University of Hawaii at Mānoa, was raised on the island of O`ahu. He is the Chair of the King Kamehameha Celebration Commission. He is also the Director of Communications and Legislative Affairs for the University of Hawai‘i. He is a part-time employee of Honua Consulting and has been with the company for six years. It is clear from both his current and past positions that he takes pride in his home and the many different communities that flourish in Hawai‘i. Ka`ai is an active member of many Native Hawaiian communities around the island. Outside of his official position (formerly) at the Department of Hawaiian Homelands and (currently) the University of Hawai`i Ka`ai has served on nearly a dozen boards. He has dedicated his time and aloha to groups ranging from the Hula Preservation Society where he served as a President, to the Hui Kāko’o `Āina Ho`opulapula. He was appointed to the King Kamehameha Celebration Commission by Governor Neil Abercrombie. His commitment to Hawai`i can easily been seen through the wealth of programs he has supported to maintain, protect, and honor Hawai`i’s interests, both cultural and natural.
Select List of Recent Projects
Kalanianaole Highway Resurfacing
(Grace Pacific LLC.)
Provide archaeological support and monitoring for resurfacing and reconstruction work along Kalanianaole Highway -West Hind Drive to Hanauma Bay.
Native Hawaiian Cultural Landscape Analysis Guide
(National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration, Office of National Marine Sanctuaries)
Provide services for developing a proactive approach to working with the indigenous Native Hawaiian community in order to identify cultural areas of significance including: Form a Native Hawaiian cultural resource working group, develop and conduct workshops and complete a report and an analysis guide.
Improvement of the Management Plan and the Comparative Analysis of the Trans-boundary nomination of Mangyol Stone Money Bank and the Quarry Sites in Yap and Palau
(Yap, Federal State of Micronesia)
To review, coordinate, improve, and produce a final comparative analysis and management plan for the nomination dossier of the Trans-boundary bid.
Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary Cultural Impact Assessment
(State of Hawai‘i Department of Land and Natural Resources)
Cultural resources and historical properties research; literature reviews; archival research; technical reports; oral histories; translations; assessment of site significance and impact; development of mitigation measures.
Cultural Impact Assessment and Related Activities for the Ulupalakua Geothermal Energy
(Ormat Technologies, Inc.)
Identification of all cultural resources in project area; consultation with lineal and cultural descendants; collection of archaeological data and oral histories as to help identify and mitigate impact to cultural resources within the project area.
Native Hawaiian Liaison
(U.S. Army Garrison, Hawai‘i)
Liaison and facilitation of consultation and communication with Native Hawaiian community members and stakeholders, including facilitate dialogues regarding cultural and environmental resources between USAG-HI and Native Hawaiian Organizations such as the Office of Hawaiian Affairs and other bodies. Maintain ongoing relationship, communication and contact with parties interested in cultural resources. Provide advice and guidance to the USAG-HI Garrison Commander with respect to how to manage and mitigation relationship with stakeholder groups.
Preparation of Statewide Programmatic Environmental Assessment, Preparation of US Army Corps of Engineers, Preparation of Blanket Water Quality Certification
Preparation of a draft Programmatic Environmental Assessment, including CIA, on behalf of the Department of Land and Natural Resources Office of Coastal and Conservation Lands, manage submission of report to OEQC and support public distribution of document for public review. Respond to all public comments. Prepare Final Environmental Assessment and FONSI. Prepare general permit application for USACE, including biological evaluation, Essential Fish Habitat (EFH) declaration, and conduct Section 106 activities and prepare related documents. Prepare blanket water quality certification for the State Department of Health. Develop interagency Programmatic Agreement for a statewide permitting process for the restoration of traditional Hawaiian fishponds.
Hawai‘i Representative, Community Liaison and Cultural Researcher
(Marine Conservation Institute)
Develop and implement community engagement and education programming related to wildlife interactions; conduct stakeholder meetings and community-based research, enhance cultural research about marine resources.
Regional Cultural Liaison and Regional Coordination for the Marine Mammal Cultural Practitioner Network
(National Marine Fisheries Service)
Directly engage with Native Hawaiian families and stakeholders regarding marine mammal parts, develop policy for region regarding the distribution of parts for educational and cultural purposes, ensure compliance with state and federal law.
Native Hawaiian Liaison for the Hawaiian Monk Seal
(National Marine Fisheries Service)
Serve as community liaison and cultural expert on Hawaiian monk seal. Conduct stakeholders meetings statewide.
Facilitate Meetings Held in Compliance with the Endangered Species Act
(National Marine Fisheries Service)
Facilitate statewide meetings related to a range of federal actions and topics, including rule making and NEPA compliance.
(Impact Assessment, Inc.)
Conduct archival cultural research and ethnographic study on Hawaiian monk seal. Conduct interviews across the state, including Kalaupapa and other remote areas.
National Historic Preservation Act Section 106 Support
(Honolulu Rapid Transit / Infraconsult)
Support actions to help the City and County of Honolulu obtain and maintain compliance with NEPA, Section 106 of the NHPA, HRS Chapter 6E and Section 4(f) of the Department of Transportation Act.