Peter Apo

Peter Apo

  • Expert on Hawaiian culture and history
  • Community leader and former legislator
  • Accomplished singer and song-writer and recipient of prestigious Na Hoku Hanohano music award

Travels from Oahu, Hawaii

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 Peter Apo is a sitting Trustee of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs ( and President of The Peter Apo Company, LLC, a cultural tourism consulting firm. Peter has had a distinguished career in public service. In 1980 he was elected to serve on the first Board of Trustees of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs followed by 12 years of service as a legislator in the Hawai’i State House of Representatives. In 1994 he became Director of Culture & Arts for the City & County of Honolulu under Mayor Jeremy Harris. In 1996 he assumed the position of Special Assistant on Hawaiian Affairs to Governor Ben Cayetano. He subsequently returned to the City & County of Honolulu as Director of Waikiki Development.


He was a Regent of Chaminade University, chaired the board of directors for the Historic Hawai’i Foundation and The Pacific Islanders in Communications National Public Broadcasting Network Hawai’i. He further served on the board of the Hawai’i Visitors & Convention Bureau. He is a founding member of the Native Hawaiian Hospitality Association and served as its past chairman of the board. He most recently served as Civilian Aide to the U.S. Secretary of the Army for Hawai’i. Peter is also a prolific author of Op-Ed articles and manuscripts on Hawaiian politics and culture as well as a public speaker on a range of topics relating to Hawaiian culture, Hawai’i political systems, and sustainable growth issues. He continues serving the community on numerous boards and commissions. He is also an accomplished singer-songwriter and a Na Hoku Hanohano music award winner (


The Global Impact of Mass Travel

•Cultural Tourism

•Community Tourism

•The Role of Values in Managing a Workforce

•The Role of Values and Community Development

•American Folk Music

•The Politics of Public Policy Making

•Public Education as a National Crises

Peter’s presentations range from straight delivery podium speaking, power point assisted presentations, or as a facilitator of inter-active workshops. Peter Apo is an experienced facilitator and excels in convening meetings that require managing a discussion. He is also sought after as a charismatic master of ceremonies able to time-manage a program script wit.

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