Aloha to you. My paternal family ties are to Keleikini of Kaua’i, Nauoho of Hana, Maui. My maternal family ties are to Ahiena of Puna, Kealiikanakaole of Ka’u, and Kanaele-Kenao of Kohala.
The 1/4 of me that is not Hawai‘i comes from beyond the Hawaii horizon reaching back to Milfordhaven, Wales. My lineage taps into the migratory spirit of the Pele, the movement and the surfacing of magma. This relationship to the building of terrafirma extends my lineage to the building of the natural environment - the mountains, forests, and springs; I am also the builder of heiau & sacred spaces where people connect to their environmental selves.
How do I know? The information is the fabric of our names. My passions are manifest through these lineal connections. I am creator & owner of Lonoa Honua a business entity that houses Hālau ‘Ōhi‘a, the first full service Hawai‘i Stewardship Training programs in Hawai‘i; Ulu Ka ‘Ōhi‘a, Hula-Consciousness Seminar, and other like programs. I am a Kumu Hula ritually ‘uniki of Halau O Kekuhi. I was Assistant Professor of Hawaii Life Way at Hawaii Community College. I teach others how to engage in their own connection to the Hawaii landscape; I sing, compose, chant, dance and I am in love with Hilo. Learning about and engaging with my relations from Hawaiinui (this Hawaii) to Hawaii-iki (the Hawaii within) to, Hawaiipāmamao (and the Hawaii beyond the horizon), excites me! Cultivating relationships and rediscovering ecological connections for myself and others is my gift and my passion.
I am KekuhikuhipuuoneonaaliioKohala Kanae Kanahele Kealiikanakaoleohaililani. Mo‘opuna to the fire and the forest. Granddaughter of Edith Kekuhi & Luka Kanakaole, daughter of Pualani Kanakaole & Edward Kanahele, mother of Kaumakaiwa, Ulumauahi, Kauilanui, Keahika‘ai‘ohelo and Kekuhi Haililani, wife of Taupouri Tangarō, and I am Tutu to Hinamanoulua‘e, Kauahi Kauwe, and Nakapuahi Kamakaohua.