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Nā Kumu

Our Kumu 

Nā Kālai Waʻa has many kumu resources from various educational communities (Waimea Middle School, Kanu O Ka ʻĀina, Kamehameha Schools, Ka ʻUmeke Kāʻeo,  Hawaiʻi Community College) that along with our waʻa crew, help put on our educaional programs.  Here are just a few of our seasonal kumu that contribute in delivery of E Lauhoe Waʻa program as well as educational programs throughout the year.  

Our kumu are waʻa crew members as well, passionate of their environment, from mauka to makaʻi, as well as the well being of our keiki.  The waʻa is a our vessel to allows us to journey.  We also train ourselves that we too are the vessel that allows those that we teach, to journey.  Mahalo to all our kumu!


  Image preview    Keala Kahuanui - Licensed captainand lifeguard, skilled in Hawaiian traditional navigation as well as and western vessels, Keala is a Hawaiian cultural resource teacher in the Waimea and Kohala shools.  She is innovative in her motivated teaching style and is often called upon to lead Nā Kālai Waʻaʻs programs with the many schools of Waimea, Kohala and Kona.  She has voyaged long distances in the Pacific as well as The World Wide Voyage.  These are the most noted Nā Kālai Waʻa Programs that Keala contributes to Innovations Public Charter School annual "Waʻa Experience" 3-day camps an E Lauhoe Waʻa teacher program.


  Image preview      Blossom Pualani Lincoln Maielua - A mom of three young boys, waʻa captain of Kānehūnāmoku, and a teacher at Hawaiʻi Community College - Pālamanui, Hawaiʻi Lifestyles department.  Pualani teaches Hawaiian cultural classes such as lawaiʻa, waʻa, and stewardship & protocols and Hawaiʻi Community College West Hawaiʻi campus.  As a captain of Kānehūnāmoku anda experienced in developing curriculum for hawaiian education programs, Pualani is a strong contributor to our E Lauhoe Waʻa program.


  Image preview      Pomai Bertelmann - A kumu at Kanu O Ka ʻĀina, education specialist with Pacific Voyaging Society for World Wide Voyage.  Daughter of Clay Bertelmann, she carries the kuleana of Nā Kālai Waʻaʻs vision along with her faimily and those of Makaliʻi ʻOhana in perpetuating the waʻa culture and while doing so, taking it into the classroom with her students at Kanu O Ka ʻĀina.  


   Image preview   Kaimana Barcarse   Education Senior Program Manager for Kamehameha Schools, managing curriculum development and educational programs.  Prior, Kaimanaʻs has always been engaged in has Hawaiian indegenous education at University of Hawaiʻi - Hilo andʻAha Pūnanaleo.  He is an apprentice navigator, sailing on various legs of the Hōkūleʻaʻs World Wide Voyage.  He is also Vice President of Nā Kālai Waʻa Board of Directors and President of the Hawaiʻi Civic Club - Ke Aloha ʻĀina.  


  Image preview     Roxy Stewart   A kumu ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi at Ka ʻUmeke Kāʻeo, Roxy also leads community initiatives in Hilo for restoring and maintaining Hale O Lono where she teaches cultural traditions with science for our youth learners.  She also works at Uh Marine Mammal Rehabilitatin center, teaching cultural training and protocol related to the realm of Kanaloa - (ocean world) - Kai Palaoa.  


  Image preview     Pua Case   A Hawaiian cultural practiioner and avid community member of Waimea, Pua is also a school teacher at Waimea Middle School.  She contributes to E Lauhoe Waʻa as she does Makaliʻi ʻOhana and her community of Waimea and Kohala through her mele, chant, hula, stories.  Puaʻs contribution to E Lauhoe Waʻa curriculum development includes embedding these mele, chants, and stories into curriculum that teaches our teachers how to make lessons in the classroom to be personal life essons for the students, and while doing do to mālama their connection to the land and environment.


    Image preview   Kealiʻi Bertelmann  Kealiʻi is an educational specialistand works with various schools of Waimea (Waimea Middle School, Kanu O Ka ʻĀina).  A song writer, story teller, and keeper of tradditional knowledge, he received the honors of overall winner of the 2011 Kindy Sproat Falsetto & Storytelling, ranking top in story telling and ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi.  He is also a crew member and kumu at Kānehūnamoku Voyaging Academy.


   Image preview    Lehua Ah Sam    A program and curriculum developer that has taught at Hawaiʻi Community College, as well with Nā Kālai Waʻa educational programs, and is now the Executive Director of the Kohala Village Hub.  She remains as a Nā Kālai Waʻa crew member and education and curriculum developer for Nā Kālai Waʻaʻs E Lauhoe Waʻa program.


Image preview       Hope Pua McKeen    A kumu ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi as well as a member of the Governing Board at Ka ʻUmeke Kāʻeo.  Pua (like many of her colleagues) see no demarcation lines to focus her efforts to ... she facilitated the virtual meeting of students from Nāwahīokalaniopuʻu school with the crew members onboard Hōkūleʻa.  Likewise, she extends her passion for edcuation pass our youth learners and contributes to developing curriculum for our teachers and in doing so, allows cultural and personal identity to cared for while learning science, math, and other focus areas of education.


  Image preview     Rod Floro A Makaliʻi ʻOhana crew member, father of two young boys, and middle school teacher at Kamehameha Schools, he sits on the Sustainability Council at Kamehameah Schools, Hawaiʻi campus.


Image preview      Keōmailani Case is a middle school teacher at Kanu O Ka ʻĀina.  Her lifestyle of being rasied in Waimea carries into her classroom as she has a unique way of teaching her students the meanning of "he waʻa he moku, he moku he waʻa".  Her students do not just learn to voyage, but they train to be voyagers for life ... learning their connection to the land and the ocean, they prepare all school year long for the moment they set sail.  


Our Educationa & Community Support Program Crew

In the Nā Kālai Waʻa office, our staff coordinate the educational programs that we provide to the community while prioritizing the work of Kūikawaʻa for our voyaging canoe Makaliʻi.   Because of our experienced background in educational communities, we often "jump" into the classroom along with our kumu.


 Image preview     Chadd Paishon - Senior Captain and PWO Navigator, Chadd Paishon has sailed aboard Hōkūleʻa since 1984, the 1985-1987 Voyage of Rediscovery, the 1992 No Nā Mamo voyage through the Pacific,  the Nā ʻOhana Holomoana voyage, the 1999 E Mau voyage to Micronesia aboard the voyaging canoe Makaliʻi.  While in Satawal Chadd received Pwo in 2007 along with four other navigators from Hawai'ï.   Chadd is often requested as motivational speaker to many schools, communities, and conferences throughout the state.  Chadd also facilitates many of our programs along with other crew members.



  Image preview     Uʻilani Naipo - Program Coordinator and educational teaching crew member for Nā Kālai Waʻa educational and community support programs.  Avid contributor in various communities:  Keaukaha-Panaʻewa Farmers Association, Make-A-Wish Hawaiʻi, Haʻakūmalae & Pāmaomao Cohort of Hawaiʻi Community College, Mālama Makanalua, ʻOhana Waʻa ma Hilo, and Kahu Kū Mauna.



   Image preview     Keōmailani Case - Executive Director, with a strong background in fiscal, planning, and program development for educational programs.  She also serves on the Governing Board for Kanu O Ka ʻĀina public charter school.


Nā Kula 

These are several schools for which Nā Kālai Waʻa has hosted educational and community support programs for:


            Kamehameha Schools - Explorations Series, Kūlia I Ka Pono  (Kohala, Hawaiʻi Island) (5) 1-week summer leadership camp for highs school students.

               E Lauhoe Waʻa - Teacher Program delivering Hawaiian culture curriculum into the western environment classrooms.

               Innovations Public Charter School "Waʻa Experience" Annual 3 day leadership camp.

               Various Education and Community Service Programs hosted by Nā Kālai Waʻa have served the following schools:

                              Waimea Middle School

                              HPA Middle School

                              Kona Pacific Public Charter School

                              Kanu O Ka ʻĀina Charter School

                             West Hawaiʻi Explorations Academy

                             Innovations Public Charter School

                              Kamehameha Schools - Explorations Series

                              Kamehamea Schools - Scholars - East Hawaiʻi

                              Kamehameha Schools - Scholars - West Hawaiʻi

                              Hawaiʻi Community College - Hawaiʻi Lifestyles

                              University of Hawaiʻi - Hilo, Ka Haka ʻUla O Keʻelikōlani - Papa ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi, Papa Haku Mele

                              Sacred Hearts (Maui)

                              Pūnana Leo O Waimea

                              Pūnana Leo O Hilo

                              Ke Kula ʻO ʻEhunuikaimalino


We also work with many local community and interest groups, even those that come from far away:


                              Tutu & Me

                              DOE Kūpuna Program    

                              I Ola Kohala

                              The Kohala Center - Future Farmerʻs Program            

                              Share Aloha (Amsterdam)

Nā Kālai Wa`a Contact Information

address: P.O. Box 748, Kamuela, HI 96743

office: Waimea Office Center, 65-1206 Mamalahoa Hwy, Suite 1-101, Kamuela, HI 96743

phone: 808-885-9500     fax: 808-887-1144     facebook:

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