Ha’amauliola Makua Aiona & Kala‘i Aiona
Ha‘amauliola “Ha‘a” Makua Aiona has fifteen years of teaching experience at Waiakea High School and Ke Kula ‘O Nawahīokalaniʻōpu‘u (Nawahī). At Nawahī, Ha‘amauliola has established a Holistic Hawaiian Language and Cultural Arts Program called Mahu‘ilani that focuses on sharing the traditional arts. She has over 20 years of experience in the art of ‘ohe kapala and has been a hula student for over 25 years and an instructor for kumu hula Johnny Lum Ho in Halau O Ka Ua Kani Lehua for 15 years. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Hawaiian Studies, a Masters of Education, and is a certified teacher through the Kahuawaiola Indigenous Teacher Education Preparation Program. Kala‘i Aiona is a native to Hawai‘i Island and participated in the pioneering Hawaiian Language Medium Education Program in Hilo. A part of the first class at Pūnana Leo o Hilo, Ke Kula Kaiapuni ‘O Keaukaha, and a graduate of Ke Kula ‘O Nawahīokalani‘ōpu‘u, his true passion derives from his love of the ‘aina and meakanu Hawai‘i or native Hawaiian plants. Kala‘i holds a Bachelor of Science in agri-business and has experience as a Hawaiian ethnobotany teacher. He enjoys sharing his knowledge of plants, their uses, and the various Hawaiian crafts that can be created from them.