Hawaiian Company. Hawaiian Values.
We were born here, raised here, and are raising our families here. We work only for the good of Hawaiʻi, because Hawaiʻi 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 Hawaiʻi 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, more about our work and more about our values.
Trisha Kehaulani Watson, J.D., Ph.D., was born and raised in Mānoa, Hawaiʻi. She earned a B.A. in Sociology and American Studies from the University of Hawaiʻi in 1999. Her M.A. is from Washington State University in American Studies where she wrote her thesis on environmental justice on Oʻahu’s Leeward Coast. She earned a J.D. and environmental law certificate from the William S. Richardson School of Law at the University of Hawaiʻi in 2003 where she focused on non-profit organizations, civil rights and environmental law.
She founded Honua Consulting in 2004 as a consulting company that specializes in non-profit organizations, environmental and cultural assessments, facilitation, strategic planning, community consultation and mediation. For over a decade, the company is a respected leader in environmental and cultural resource management. Today, Honua Consulting is the largest and longest-running Hawaiian owned cultural resource management company in Hawai‘i.
She has won numerous awards and recognition for her achievements, including the Pacific Business News and American Savings Bank 40 Under 40 Young Community Leader of the Year in 2014.
In 2008, she completed her Ph.D. in American Studies. Her dissertation, Hoʻi Hou ia Papahānaumoku: A History of the Ecocolonization of the Puʻuhonua of Waiʻanae, focused Native Hawaiian natural resource management. She has worked with numerous Native Hawaiian and conservation organizations; she is a member of ‘Ahahui Kaʻahumanu, the Daughters of Hawaiʻi and is a former Board Member with the Hawaiian Civic Club of Honolulu. She currently serves as President of the Kalihi-Pālama Culture & Arts Society, which produces numerous premiere cultural events annually, including the Queen Lili‘uokalani Keiki Hula Competition. She also serves on the board of ‘Āina Momona, which provides critical environmental programs to island communities throughout Hawai‘i. Her academic areas of interests are law, natural resource management practices, and economic and community development.