noleani mahoe

Auntie Noelani Mahoe

2016 Kaua'i Honoree

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Noelani Mahoe
Educator, Musician, Hawaiian Music Event Producer, and more!
Since the late 1950's, Noe has immersed herself in teaching hula, Hawaiian music and `ukulele to new generations of both young people and adults in a City & County of Honolulu program from 1958-`64. She was chosen to participate in the 1999 Hawaiian Music Hall of Fame Education Committee that developed our E Mele Kakou elementary school curriculum, and one of the first group to teach the program in 4th and 5th grade music classes.

Kawaikapuokalani Hewett

Kawaikapuokalani Hewett

2007 & 2008 Kaua'i Honoree - Hau`oli Lā Hānau e Loea!

Frank Kawaikapuokalani Hewett is the kumu hula of Kuhai Halau O Kawaikapuolani Pa Olapa Kahiko, established in 1978. In his youth, he received specialized training from his grandmother, Eva Kana’e, and studied under Edith Kanaka’ole while attending the University of Hawaii at Hilo. He also studied with Aunty Emma Defries, and has since been recognized as her protégé. His work in the field of Hawaiian culture takes him off island and abroad on a regular basis. His halau now includes students from Kauai, Maui, O’ahu and Japan. 

maka herrod

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.

Kapua Dalire

Kapua Dalire – Moe is the eldest of three renown hula sisters of the late Kumu Hula Master, Aloha Dalire.  Kapua – Kumu Hula, mom, and wife, wears lots of “hats” these days with more than a ”hand-full” of children of her own to add to this incredible talented hula family. 


Former Miss Aloha Hula, Maelia Loebenstein Carter has hula roots that began with her family. Her first kumu hula was her maternal grandmother, Mae Ulalia Long Loebenstein, a respected kumu hula who had learned from her mother, Ida Pakulani Ka'aihue Kai'anui Long -- who learned from her granduncle, the hula master Kamawae of Maui. Attending the University of Hawai'i at Manoa, Maelia also studied hula with Ed Kalahiki, from whom she gained a better knowledge and confidence in chanting.

Kauai Nui Kuapapa Project

Kaua‘i Nui Kuapapa is an initiative of the County of Kaua‘i designed with our local Kaua‘i people in mind. Kaua‘i Nui Kuapapa can be interpreted in English as ‘the genealogy of Great Kaua‘i’ or ‘the entirety of Kaua‘i’. The phrase is found in certain Hawaiian mele, poems or chants, from centuries ago that speak about Kaua‘i’s unique heritage.

Mike Kop

Mike Kop intended to make his career in marketing, and graduated from the University of Hawai`i in 1972 with that degree in hand.  In the end, however, he followed his father`s passion and took over the family business, Hula Supply Center.  His dad simply asked him to experience the work first-hand, and Mike found that he enjoyed it.  Loving your work is the key to success, and Mike is passionate about perpetuating the Hawaiian culture through this business and his hula life.  He is grateful for the blessing to be born and raised in Hawai`i, and be able to share its rich artistic heritage,


Aloha mai kakou. My name is Bryan Tolentino.  I am a self taught ‘ukulele player from the island of O’ahu. I started playing the ‘ukulele at the age of 10.  At the age of 12, my best friend Asa Young first introduced me to playing Hawaiian music on the ‘ukulele. Our early influences were the musical groups, “The Son’s of Hawai’i” and “The Sunday Mānoa.”  After graduating from St.


Coline Aiu

2017/2018 Honoree

Coline Aiu is kumu hula of Halau Hula O Maiki, started by her mother, Maiki Aiu Lake. Here she holds the story of the halau, ‘Hula is Life,’ by Rita Ariyoshi | Nathalie Walker photosWhat of the haumana (“students”) who inherit the traditions and teachings of the kumu (“teacher”)?

Na lima mili hulu no‘eau translates as “skilled hands touch the feathers,” but as their gorgeous lei and hatbands attest, Kahalepuna’s  students do much more. Many of them blossom into noted feather workers whose stunning creations can sell for over $1,500.
 For Kahalepuna, feather work is a family legacy. Her late parents, Paul and Mary Lou Kekuewa, were considered the foremost proponents of the art. The Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawai‘i named Mary Lou a  Living Treasure in 2003; two years later, Paulette and Mary Lou received the O‘o Award from the Native Hawaiian Chamber of Commerce.