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Nā Mākua

The ʻŌpio of Nā Wai Ola is lead by a group of dedicated alakaʻi (leaders) that have a love of hula, and a passion for sharing the spirit of aloha through community service.  Together, they are role models for the ʻōpio (youth) members of the group, and guide them in their hula journey.




Nā ʻŌpio Biographies

Krista Q.

Hi! My name is Krista.  I have been dancing at Halau Na Wai Ola since I was 5 years old and currently I am 11.  Hula is my life and I couldn’t see myself without it.  Hula has and always will drive me to keep going and keep trying harder even when times are tough.  I am very grateful to have been able to have the opportunity to dance here and feel a part of another family.

Gabby C.

Aloha, my name is Gabby and I am 11 years old.  I have been dancing for almost 6 years.  In school, I am in the choir and my favorite subjects are Math and History.  As well as dancing hula, I love to sew and design clothes.  I also swim and play ukulele.  I love dancing hula and spreading aloha because I have great hula sisters and can be myself.  I like spreading aloha with the Halau because dancing at different places and bringing joy to the audience makes me feel great.  One of the best things that has happened to me was being invited to the Opio Leadership Team.  It was really fun going to Ia ‘Oe E Ka La Competition for the first time.  After learning about our tour, I hope that this inspires others to dance and help others in need.  Bye!

Kayla I.

Aloha!  My name is Kayla.  I am 11 going on 12 and in the 6th grade.  I am a student at Halau Na Wai Ola, learning hula.  I have been dancing hula for 9 years.  In my free time, I love to dance hula and hang out with my friends.  I love going to school everyday and feel relaxed when I am at hula.  Every time I am at the Halau, I always have fun.  I love my hula sisters and can’t wait to complete the mission of Spreading Aloha!

Isabella C.

Aloha! My name is Isabella. I am 11 years old, in 6th grade, and have been doing hula for about 6 years. I love hula because I have met countless new friends and family. My hula sisters and I have bonded through shows, competitions,  and activities that we have done together. I also love hula because when you dance for other people you can watch their spirits change just from aloha. My goal for 2015 is to spread a little aloha around the world.

Isabella P.

Hello, my name is Isabella and I’ve been dancing hula for 5 years, I am currently 12 years old.  Hula has played a huge role in my life and has taught me a lot of important traits, for example, to be kind, to respect others and to learn from others.  I’ve been to Canada and Australia for a trip similar to the leadership trip that is going to be going on.  On this trip we traveled to different places and learned about different cultures and religion.

Ainsley B.

My name is Ainsley Bateman.  I am a good artist and love to sing.  When I grow up I want to become a science professor and author.  Hula is my favorite activity.  I started hula when I was 6 and now I’m 9.  When I am 13, I want to do hula every day if I have time.  I play the trombone, the recorder and am learning the piano.  I don’t have any pets but I want a rat, fish or bird.  Reading is my favorite subject.  I like mysteries, realistic fiction and nonfiction.

Kaela L.

Aloha!  My name is Kaela.  I am a senior in high school and have been dancing hula for almost 11 years.  After high school, I plan on attending California State University at East Bay and major in Psychology.  I want to one day become an elementary school teacher.  Dancing hula has made such a tremendous footprint on my life and has given me so many amazing once-in–a-lifetime opportunities that I will always cherish.  Being apart of the Opio Leadership class has taught me so many valuable life lessons like how to learn to be a team player to how important it is to give back.  The first Spread a Little Aloha Tour really opened my eyes and showed me how one small act of kindness from a small group of young children can make a huge impact on other people’s lives.  My hula sisters and I can’t wait to continue to share our passion and aloha with all of you this summer!

Rachel G.

My name is Rachel.  I am a 12 year old hula dancer.  I have been dancing since I was 5 years old and joined Halau Na Wai Ola when I was 10 years old.  My interests other than hula are piano and swimming.  I’ve been taking piano lessons for 3 years and swimming for about 3 years, too.

Sydney H.

Aloha, my name is Sydney and I have been dancing hula for 3 years no and I absolutely love it.  Hula is my passion.  I have learned so much and met so many friends.  It has helped me be less shy and spread a lot of aloha.  I am almost 12 years old and in the 6th grade.  Outside of hula I enjoy being with my cousins and friends, playing with my pets and being out in nature.

Mikayla Y.

I’m Mikayla.  I have been doing hula for 4 years.  I like to do gymnastics.  I also do judo.  I have been doing that for 6 years.  Hula is very important to me because it brings my friends and I together.

Jadyn G.

Aloha! My name is Jadyn, and I have been dancing hula for 4 years.  I am 13 years old, and I love dancing hula everywhere I go.  When I am not in practice or doing shows, I like playing volleyball or hanging out with either my hula sisters or my friends from school.  So far my favorite experience with my hula sisters was doing my first ever hula competition in Sacramento, CA.  I am excited to spread aloha with my halau and have a good time with my hula sisters.

Tiffany C.

Aloha, my name is Tiffany and I am 16 years old. I’ve been dancing hula for 11 years. I am a  junior in high school and I play volleyball and enjoy spending time in nature and going to the beach. Four years ago I went on the Spread A Little Aloha tour and it was an experience I’ll never forget. Part of our mission statement says to be stewards of aloha, to make a positive impact on massive amounts of people’s lives through the Hawaiian art of the Hula and the spirit of aloha, which we did. In the span of two weeks we were able to spread aloha to the less
fortunate. We boosted their spirits and gave them new perspectives on life. These people were not the only ones who gained new perspectives on life. After this trip, I learned to appreciate everything and have committed my time to giving back to the community to the best of my
ability. Going into this trip I was only focused on helping these people. Now, I realize that the people I met helped me in a way I never thought possible. They were able to give me a taste of their aloha spirit, even with a simple greeting or a smile, which can have a lasting impact on a person. And with that, Aloha!

Rachel C.

Hi! My name is Rachel and I am a senior in high school. After high school, I hope to earn a bachelor’s degree in biology and become a
genetic counselor. I have been dancing hula for 6 years and havecompeted in the Ia Oe E Ka La competition (2011). In my free time, I also enjoy playing golf and going to the beach. Over the years, hula has taught me how to appreciate beauty, work as a team, and dedicate my time to serving others. I hope to share my passion for hula through my performances and community service.

Makana D.

Aloha! My name is Makana Diez and I am 13 years old. I have been dancing hula for 6 years. I really love hula and it is my passion to dance, no matter what genre it is. I hope to one day become a greater person, no matter what I do for a living or how I achieve it. I’m not sure what I’m going to do for a career, but I just hope I do it well. Although, I do very much enjoy helping people.  This trip that we are going on will be one to remember for the rest of our lives. I would love the opportunity to help our communities and others on this trip. However, I think that it will influence our family as a whole most of all. This trip is a great way to bond and to make a stronger connection than the one we have already. I’ve known these girls since I first started hula. I looked up to many of the older ones, and I still do; my goal someday is to be as good a dancer and person as they are. I can’t wait to get started in making a difference, even in the tiniest of ways.

Cayla K.

Hi, I’m Cayla and I am a sophomore in high school.  I am fifteen years old and I have been dancing hula for seven years.  I have grown to be a better dancer over the past few years, and have continued dancing since hula is what I love to do. But hula is not only a dance; it also teaches many important lessons.  Practices, performances, and competitions have taught me commitment, teamwork, and perseverance.  I am very excited to go on the Spread A Little Aloha tour this summer to help others and share my love for hula with people across the United States.

Maddie L.

Aloha, my name is Maddie.  I am 11 years old and I’m in sixth grade.  I’ve been dancing hula for about six years and it has been a big part of my life.  For being in the leadership class, it is my job to lead and set examples for other people.  Helping out and teaching others is important.  Dancing hula has been a great opportunity and inspires me to do good things.  I’ve learned so much in hula and enjoy teaching what I know to other people.  Going on this tour will be a great experience for me and my hula sisters.  My job for the tour will be keeping notes on what we did and things we experienced everyday.

Kanoe K.

Aloha, my name is Kanoe and I am 18 years old and have been dancing for as long as I can remember.  I come from a hula family, my parents and grandparents were all hula dancers.  I am so grateful to have participated in the first Spread a Little Aloha Tour in 2011 when I was a freshman in high school.  The Opio Leadership Team and Spread a Little Aloha Tour taught me to rise above any limiting beliefs that we, or others put upon ourselves and how to use hula, my greatest passion, to impact others in a positive way.  Since the Spread a Little Aloha Tour in 2011, I have been able to complete my personal mission I set for myself when I was 13, which was to travel around the world to spread aloha.  Following my high school graduation, I embarked on a European adventure where I traveled to Spain, France and Romania to spread aloha and my love for hula.  I was in Romania for 3 weeks where I taught hula and about the Hawaiian culture to children in orphanages, day centers and high schools.  I’m honored to be a role model and guide for the next generation of leaders and am excited to experience the Spread a Little Aloha tour once again with some of my closest friends.  ALOHA!… coming to a city near you!

Angelina P.

Aloha!My name is Angelina Prospal, I’m 12 years old and I have been dancing hula for roughly 9 years.  I’ve been at the halau for around 7 years but I’ve never been on a trip like this.  I’m honored to be able to dance next to my hula sisters around the US, and I hope this trip spreads aloha to each and everyone of you.

Noelle D.

I’m Noelle. I am 13 years old and in the 8th grade. I have been dancing hula with Halau Na Wai Ola for over 7 years.  I have performed at various competitions and festivals.   Outside of hula, I enjoy voice lessons, choir, arts & crafts, sewing, backpacking, church youth group and musical theater.  My favorite musicals I have appeared in are “The Sound of Music”, “Oklahoma!”, and “Joseph & the Technicolor Dreamcoat”.  In Girl Scouts I am working on my Silver Award.  I love taking care of my two rescue dogs, Jasper & Jasmine. I am excited about the “Spread a Little Aloha” tour because I think hula is such a beautiful form of dance and I love making people feel good!

Julianna C.

Hello! My name is Julianna, and I am 15 years old, I have a twin sister and  3 younger siblings.  I am currently in High School and was recently baptized.  I hope to one day peruse a career as a Missionary working with Children and Elderly.  I have been dancing for 3 years as part of the Halau Na Wai,Ola and am honored and humbled to be part of the dance  family.    This is my first time traveling to the east coast and performing away from home, I’m excited about the opportunity, experience and personal enrichment that comes with this trip.

Jalynne K

Hi! My name is Jalynne Kong and am 14 years old and a freshman in high school. I’ve been dancing hula since 2011 and it’s been an incredible journey for me. When I first started dancing I was really hesitant about it, but as i kept dancing I have seen the impact it has left on me. My hula sisters are such a big blessing to me, and I love every single one of them. When I’m not dancing, I like to play my piano and violin and when I grow up I hope to be in the navy. I hope to spread love and kindness to everyone when I dance and be able to keep my family growing.

Jasia C.

Hi, my name is Jasia.  I am going to turn 10 in March.  I have been dancing for five years and now.  When I learned hula, I felt like it was my life.  I would also like to dance for the rest of it.  my hula ohana is very loving.  My kumu has taught me well.  I love Halau Na Wai Ola and everyone in it.  I hope that it never ever ends or changes.  A lot of my ohana are very helpful.  I love hula and I never want to leave and I always want to learn more and more hula.  I was so happy when I went into the Opio Leadership Class.  I will learn how to be a good leader and when I grow up a very good dancer.

Aria P

Hi, my name is Aria and I’m 11 years old.  I have been dancing hula for 7 years and I love it!  i really like doing hula because it teaches me how to make friends.  I hope to do hula for the rest of my life!

Sydney N

Aloha, my name is Sydney and i am 18 years old. I am currently a programming intern at a small start-up company, trying to become one the few women in technology. I started dancing hula when I was 5 years old and it has taught me so much more than just how to dance hula; it has taught me to be humble, respectful and to strive for my very best. I cant wait to give back to the community while also sharing my love for hula.