Kekoa was born in Manana Uka (Pacific Palisades) and raised in Mililani. He earned his Hawaiian Studies Degree from Leeward Community College and has a Bachelors in Communications from University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. Mo‘olelo (storytelling) is what drew Kekoa to Ulu A‘e. “I like being a part of an organization that values storytelling,” says Kekoa. Kekoa is also a singer, songwriter, contemporary Hawaiian musician, Nā Hōkū Hanohano finalist and ordained minister. He’s been playing music since the age of 5. You can find his music on YouTube and Spotify, and can follow him @ko_koa_mele.