Pualani Kanaka‘ole-Kanahele


Pualani Kanakaʻole-Kanahele is a great-grandmother, photographer, dancer, teacher, author, researcher, adventurer, activist, chanter, and believer of things Hawai‘i; her vast reservoir of knowledge ranges from ethno-astronomy to volcanism. She retired from the University of Hawai‘i and the community college system in 2013 after forty years of service; she also served in leadership roles, including as President, for the Edith Kanaka‘ole Foundation for twenty-four years. After being involved in hula since infancy, she also retired as kumu hula, or dance teacher, of the Hawaiian traditional dance in 2011. Pualani Kanakaʻole-Kanahele is of pure Hawaiian ancestry and is passionate about being Hawaiian and living on these islands; this passion has only increased since her retirement. “I am Hawai’i, this I know! Ua ‘ike au!”

Kilauea the source
Approach it empty, like a newborn
Sit quietly, patiently, no expectations
Myths are grounded, deciphered, and evolve
In eight strands according to the winds


Some of my favorite people on earth are in this book,
Dear writers and grand spirits.

Annie Dillard