About HawiPhotography

My name is Hawi Eliakim and I am deeply passionate about preserving and sharing cultural heritage. Growing up in a rural community in Kenya, I watched as shifts in technology made some elements of our culture quietly become obsolete. As a passionate photographer, I began to document some of these artifacts in the hopes of one day creating a digital repository of images and stories about our culture. 

I had the opportunity to build on my knowledge and skills throughout my six years of work with Digital Divide Data (DDD),

A global social enterprise that supports a variety of digitization projects, from legal or newspaper records to entire museum collections.
The project I am most proud of from my six years with DDD was one I completed in partnership with Amazon Web Services and Intel to digitize one of the largest collections of Archeology and Palaeontology in the world, at the National Museums of Kenya.
I intend to continue using my skills to ensure that cultural heritage is preserved.



Exceptional Photographer…

Eliakim is an exceptional photographer and particularly good at portraits. He combines his technical expertise and great passion to capture events and true nature of people. I’d recommend him to anyone”


Amolo Ngweno


Great Photographer..

Eliakim is fantastic at what he does! I admire his photographic talent and easy-going personality. I would never hesitate to recommend him to anyone

Billy Nelson

Technical Account Manager, Amazon
Latest on My Blog...


With so much nostalgia, I remember every bit of my childhood play around the granary. This grain storage structure is a symbol of sustainable rural livelihoods and it has almost become extinct. In addition to the physical extinction of this structure and the massive disruption of the livelihoods associated with its demise, there is the larger loss of the intellectual heritage that underpinned the rich principles of their planning, design and sustainability......................

Environmental Conservation.

Growing up in the village, we used to walk to school barefoot. It was normal and fun, in fact if we had to run fast to the shop or get to school on time, or even win a race, we’d take the shoes off our feet and do it barefoot. That was the fastest way. Now, the shade trees by the road have been cut down and the ground is far too hot to walk on.Our village was vibrant and full of life, surrounded by trees and nature. I did not pay to travel to Maasai Mara to see a hyena.................

Cultural Heritage and Documentary Photography