Headshot of Keoni Mahelona smiling facing forward set against a light grey background.

Keoni Mahelona

CTO, Te Hiku Media
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Keoni Mahelona is the Chief Technology Officer at Te Hiku Media

Keoni (kanaka maoli) is the Chief Technology Officer at Te Hiku Media and a leading practitioner of indigenous data sovereignty. Originally from Anahola on the island of Kauaʻi, Hawaiʻi, Keoni has been living and working in Te Hiku o Te Ika for over 10 years having first arrived in Aotearoa as a Fulbright Scholar.

As a driving force behind the development of digital innovation projects that seek to secure the future of te reo Māori and other indigenous languages, Keoni makes decisions every day to protect the sovereignty of Māori data, from the digital tools deployed for advance projects to the storage of data and sharing data in appropriate and secure ways.