Kaumakaiwa Kanakaole has been on the stage since she could walk. With five Na Hoku Hanohano awards to her credit and a growing reputation as “the voice of Hawaii’s new generation, she was the first Hawaiian performer invited to appear at New York’s globalFEST. As an ‘olapa (dancer) of Halau O Kekuhi, she is experienced in all aspects of hula, oli [chant], haku mele [poetry & lyrics] and choreography. In 2013, Kaumakaiwa began to identify as female with the support of her family, in accordance with Hawaiian cultural tradition (m?h? wahine).
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