An Online Program Teaching

Timeless Hawaiian Wisdom and Culture

Hawaiian Language, Music, Chant, Hula, Arts & Crafts...

MEET THE TEAM
Kumu Maile Naehu
Tanya Mailelani Naehu is an educator, performer, artist, community organizer, and activist of Aloha ‘Āina from the island of Moloka’i, Hawaiʻi. Stemming from a very diverse multi-racial genealogy, she is Boricua being of African, Taino and Spanish descent as well as Kanaka Maoli, Portuguese, and Chinese. Maile was born and raised in Hawaiʻi and educated at Kamehameha schools for Hawaiian children. An alumni of UH-Mānoa Kamakakūokalani, Center for Hawaiian studies, she obtained her BA in traditional Hawaiian Society(Pre-Cook). 

As co-founder of Ka Hale Hoaka, an online school of Hawaiian Knowledge, her teachings are grounded in indigenous philosophies and practices such as mo’olelo, ʻōlelo Hawai’i, hula, and oli. She is also the director of the Molokaʻinuiahina project, a multi-generational community art project that is founded in traditional storytelling. By teaching via various art mediums through the vessel of moʻolelo she emphasizes great importance in building communication skills, self-confidence, and a new generation of storytellers. Her teachings are rooted in the belief that the ancient wisdom of our ancestors is the answer to our modern-day problems. 

As a cultural practitioner she has represented Hawai'i as a delegate in the World Wilderness Congress- Spain, a presenter for WIPCE(World Indigenous Peoples Conference on Education), a Panelist on, “Feminism in Hawai’i,” at the Hawai’i Peoples Congress, and a panelist at the National Multicultural Womxnʻs Conference. She also serves as a Hawaiian cultural consult and policy builder for ocean conservation with Taiatea-Aotearoa a partnership with The World Wilderness Federation and Auckland Museum. 

Kumu Maile is Vice-Chair and Program Director for Hui o Kuapā 501c3 and the Hawaiian cultural arts consultant for Kualapu’u Public Charter School. Her storytelling is currently featured alongside an all Polynesian Wahine cast of artists in the “E Hina e, e Hine e,”exhibit at the Waikato Museum in Aotearoa. 

Together, Maile and her husband Hano, a master kiaʻi loko or traditional Hawaiian fishpond guardian have three children, Kahale - Pomona College ʻ21, Kapiliʻula - Princeton ʻ24, and ʻIlikea, who like her older siblings attends the Hawaiian Language Immersion Elementary School on their island home, Molokaʻi. They are also hosts on an indigenous Science YouTube series, ”Ka Hale Hoaka Explores,” and podcast series ,”Keepinʻ it Real - with Hano & Maile.” Together Maile and Hano share the hip hop stage as, “The Paniolo Prince and His Queen Maile.”
Fluent in 'Ōlelo Hawaiʻi
Kalani Ho-Nikaido
Kalani Ho-Nikaido is a business strategist and systems integrator who has a proven track record of building sustainable businesses that not only survive but thrive! Kalani, leads Nailena Consulting Group, a specialty advisory firm committed to identifying and implementing business strategies that drive the greatest financial results for large or small companies, as quickly as possible. Over the past two decades, she has provided senior financial leadership to large and small companies at various growth phases. Her experience encompasses both public and private companies primarily within the agricultural, real estate, hospitality, and wellness industries. 

Kalani has a Bachelor’s degree in Business, with a minor in Finance, from the University of Denver. Her Hawaiʻi upbringing taught her the complex intricacies of working and succeeding in a rich multicultural environment.

Kalani began her executive career at the Waldorf-Astoria in Manhattan, moving up from management trainee to Revenue Analyst. Despite early career success in the Big Apple, her heart’s pull to return to the islands could not be ignored. She was quickly hired as General Manager for Hoʻaloha Nā 'Ehā, Ltd., owners of the award-winning Old Lāhaina Lūʻau and affiliated food and entertainment subsidiaries. During her tenure,Hawaiʻi Business magazine named it one of “The Best Places to Work in Hawaiʻi.” 

One of Hawaiʻi’s few publicly traded companies, Maui Land & Pineapple Co., Inc. (NYSE: MLP) recruited her to help manage the company’s considerable land assets including thousands of acres of arable agricultural land, conservation lands, and commercial space. She was instrumental in guiding the company during its transition to a land assets management company.

Wanting more personal time after marriage and the birth of two children, Kalani founded Nikaido Realty Group, LLC, a Maui realty management company for select retail and industrial properties. Later she served as CFO for Hoaʻāina Farm Services, LLC. When the medical cannabis industry came to Hawaiʻi, Maui Wellness Group, the top-scoring applicant in the state’s merit-based selection process, recruited her to serve as Director of Finance & Administration. After her husband’s sudden and unexpected death, Kalani re-engineered her life and created the Nailena Consulting Group, with offices in South Lake Tahoe and Maui serving clients worldwide.
ʻĪmaikalani Winchester
'Īmaikalani Winchester is the educatorʻs liaison for Ka Hale Hoaka. He is currently working on his Ph.D. in Education in Curriculum and Instruction with a focus on Critical Hawaiian Pedagogy. He has been an educator for the past 18 years at Hālau Kū māna Public Charter School. 'Īmaikalani is a well-known and respected leader in our community and has made a tremendous impact in helping educate our youth for the past two decades.
Fluent in 'Ōlelo Hawaiʻi
Kahale Naehu-Ramos
Kahale is our Production Manager! He provides all technical support during filming, aids in the development of Hawaiian language and cultural curriculum, he also assists with post-production and social media. 
Fluent in 'Ōlelo Hawaiʻi
Lei'a Haff
Leiʻa is our Marketing Manager! She works alongside the CFO to execute marketing campaigns, handles social media, customer service, and membership management.
Nathanya Echols
Nathanya is our Community Development Coordinator! She works on taking care of our haumana across the membership area, social media, email, and more!
Kapili Ramos
Kapili is our Creative Media Producer and one of our Kumu Kōkua! She assists with curriculum design, illustrations, digital media, and helps to facilitate small groups in beginning ‘ōlelo tutoring.
Fluent in 'Ōlelo Hawaiʻi
Kanoa Cleveland
Kanoa is one of our Kumu Kōkua! He assists with curriculum design and helps to facilitate small groups in intermediate ‘ōlelo tutoring.
Fluent in 'Ōlelo Hawaiʻi
Kawahine’ilikea Naehu
’Ilikea helps with narrating videos and creating illustrations. She’s is fluent in ‘ōlelo Hawaiʻi and is only 12 years old! 
Fluent in 'Ōlelo Hawaiʻi
Nainoa Ho-Nikaido
Nainoa is a part of our beta test group of student learners to help with program design and models for marketing efforts. He is only 9 years old!
Olena Ho-Nikaido
Olena is a part of our beta test group of student learners to help with program design and models for marketing efforts. She is only 8 years old! 

Bring Hawai'i back into your home and help your 'ohana rediscover what makes our heritage and culture who we are

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