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Our 'Ohana

In Hawai'i, the term 'ohana refers to one's family or kin. The term is also often used to refer to one's "extended family" —the non-blood-related people representing one's closest circle of friends and associates. Kani'olu's extended 'ohana is made up of people whose relationships have been, by choice, developed and nurtured over many years.

If you book a performance with Kani'olu, we may draw upon our music and performance 'ohana to augment our performance offering or replace a member who is not available for a performance. To check our availability, either contact us or fill out our booking form to request a quote.

If Kani'olu is unavailable or not a good match for the needs of your venue, feel free to contact any member of our 'ohana and book with them directly. Check out the people below to discover what they offer and how to get in touch with them.

Shawna Alapa'i


Shawna Kealameleku’uleialoha Alapa’i is the founder and Kumu Hula of Halau Hula Na Pua O Ka La'akea which is located in Marin County. She has been involved in Hula for more that 35 years and has been a close associate of Kani'olu and/or its members for many, many years. She has performed internationally and is widely known as an accomplished hula dancer, teacher and Hawai'ian chant composer.