2021 MedCan Speaker
Ikaika (Kai) Keli’iho’omalu is a 3rd generation Native-Hawaiian cannabis cultivator and entrepreneur from Puna on the Big Island of Hawai’i where he first learned to cultivate cannabis from his father and extended family. Since then, Ikaika has gone on to extend his career in cannabis starting his own cannabis cultivation business at the age of 25 as well as working for a number of other cannabis cultivators and micro-businesses. Ikaika has been a vocal advocate for social justice and equity in the cannabis industry both in California where he chaired the youth seat on the San Francisco Cannabis Legalization Task Force for two years as well as at home in Hawai’i where he has advocated for Native-Hawaiians and craft growers alike. Ikaika now has 13 years of experience in large-scale cannabis horticulture and business spanning multiple medical cannabis markets including Oregon, California, Hawai’i, and British Columbia. Ikaika has worked with a range of cultivation methodologies from advanced hydroponic techniques to Korean Natural Farming and No-till. He now oversees the cultivation department as Cultivation Manager at Helius Therapeutics state-of-the-art GACP cultivation facility based in Auckland, Aotearoa/New Zealand.
All Sessions by Kai Keli’iho’omalu
Day 1 - Industry Summit - 10 February
ScienceUnderstand the diseases that threaten NZ’s medicinal cannabis industry
Cultivation Manager, Helius Therapeutics