Shane Kamakaokalani Herrod better known as "Maka", was born in Hale`iwa, O`ahu and raised by parents Juliette Aukai Kawahakui Herrod and Alfred Prado Sr. along with eleven brothers and sisters. Kumu Maka now resides in majestic Anahola, and is married to `Iwalani Ka`auwai who blessed him with three wonderful children, Anuhea, `Auli`i, and Kalalea. Interested in everything Hawaiian since the age of seven, Kumu Maka and began his formal hula training at age ten with Aunty `Iwalani Tseu of `Iwalani School of Dance. At the age of fifteen, he studied oli and traditional hula with Uncle John Na`one of Nanakuli. moved to beautiful Kaua`i in 1990 and studied with Aunty Kaohikukapulani Kinimaka-Alquiza.
In May of 1992, Na Hui O Kamakaokalani began in Koloa, Kaua`i with the blessings of Na Kumu Hula Aunty `Iwalani Tseu, John Na`one, Aunty Kapu Kinimaka-Alquiza and Nathan Kalama. Since then the halau has blossomed to Kapa`a and Lihu`e. In 1996 Kumu Maka was given the opportunity to work with Aunty Puna Kalama-Dawson, Uncle Nathan Kalama, and Doric Yaris. Together, they created Hui o Kalamaola which consists of four halau combined to fulfill the beautiful mana`o of "Aloha kekahi i kekahi". For seven years Kumu Maka studied under the spiritual hula guidance of Aunty Puna Kalama whose knowledge came from her mother, Aunty Lani "Nana" Kalama and Aunty Lokalia Montgomery.