Kaui Kanakaole, the kumu hula (hula instructor) as well as her 3 trainees chant an oli, asking permission to enter the forest then wait for an answer. They find what they need for the dance, past the grove of hala (pandanus) trees, to discover the lauae (king fern) leaves that generations of hula dancers have used to create their leis.

When they are used throughout hula, the lei accepts a dancer through the connection of the forest. Connected through Laka the goddess of hula, the Akua (divine being) of hula and also the physical, environmental process that keeps the forests alive.

Listen to Kumu Hula Kaui Kanakaole and her intimate relationship with the Forest.

A beautiful insight on looking through the eyes of our Kupuna and always with respect in everything that you do.

Kaumakaiwa Kanakaole carries out a hula as well as oli (incantation) in the roads of Hilo town. In a progressively contemporary world, she connects to the Island of Hawaii in that sense. From Maunakea to Kilauea.

Kanakaole calls herself a hula haka or hula tool in which hula moves through. It’s a means for her to link to her tradition, and also a lot more notably, to this land.

Kanakaole is a force of nature. Her great-grandmother, Edith Kanakaole was an introducing leader throughout the Hawaiian Renaissance of the ’60s as well as ’70s. Her grandmother, Pualani Kanakaole Kanahele is a Ph.D. and also kumu hula (hula instructor).

When a hula is performed the desired outcome is Transcendence.