August's Storytellers

 
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kahu kamana'opono

Hawaiian Minister, Lomi Lomi and La'au Kahea Practitioner. He has studied under Kumu Karen Leialoha Carroll and Uncle Alva Andrews with a family history of Kahuna La'au Kahea from his Aweau side of his mookuauhau. Kamana'opono continues to carry on the responsibility of this kuleana through his work and has been able to help many deal with health and emotional issues. 

He is charismatic, funny and is a very kind soul. He's passionate about what he does and if you're lucky to hear him tell one of his stories, you will be sure to enjoy his enthusiasm and the way he illustrates his stories!

 
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doorae shin

Works with Kokua Hawai'i Foundation as a Waste Reduction Coordinator, serves on the Board of Kokua Market and as a member of the Executive Committee of Sierra Club Hawai'i. 

Doorae works with schools, businesses and the community to raise awareness about plastic pollution and encourages zero-waste behaviors. She wants to empower others to live in alignment with their values whether that means becoming a community organizer/activist, eating close to the source, going vegan/vegetarian, riding a bike, living zero-waste, or growing your own food. She is passionate about living and caring for nature. 

 
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keala kahuanui-paleka

Keala is the 'awa ka'i of Aha 'Awa & Storytellers. He leads the 'awa ceremony and 'Awa Koa with ha'akoa and oli. He is also an actor, model and cultural dancer. 

Keala's parents are from Molokai and Big Island, and he grew up in Palolo Valley on O'ahu. He holds a great appreciation for 'awa and uses it in his daily ritual. His vision is to have 'awa available to everyone in ceremonies and celebrations to sustain Hawaiian culture and peace. When drinking 'awa "its about having people sit down, having a cup or two and having a dialogue of how we can go about having change."