Hkaeli was a trader with a connection to the Alliance to Restore the Republic. In 0 ABY, Hkaeli posted a comment about the suitability of the S9-series heavy power droid for rugged planets such as Generis and Tatooine, and remarked that for this reason, the Rebel Alliance was trying to purchase or capture a number of the droids. The warning was included in the next version of Cynabar's Droid Datalog.