Kapuaokalani Ka‘au‘a


Photo Credit: Dina Morrow Photography


To the Western world, I am a transwoman. In the Hawaiian context, I am māhū wahine.

But culture is the essence of who I am, and I live my truth through my Kanaka Maoli identity.

In today’s social climate, culture is the refuge for māhū and is the best way to ground oneself – existing, and thriving, by our birthright.

I have dedicated my life to teaching the ritual of hula and all that encompasses it. My home, work, and community relationships are powered by this anchor.