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ALOHA Inspiration Interview: Beloved Kumu Hula Leimomi Maldonado

ALOHA Inspiration Interview: Beloved Kumu Hula Leimomi Maldonado

I started dancing at the age of four with Aunty Kuulei Punua on Kauai. A few years later, after my family had moved to Oahu, I began taking lessons from Kanani Bell. But then I stopped dancing hula for a few years, and it was not until the seventh grade that hula resurfaced in my life. I started taking hula lessons at Punahou School from Kumu Hula Leimomi Maldonado. I learned much about hula from her, but the deeper, more meaningful lesson that I absorbed was the elegant concept of grace. Leimomi was gracious, beautiful and kind and she resparked...

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Aloha Kakou

body positive Polynesian Petite

Aloha Kakou

If Janene and I were ever on the Shark Tank television show, Jaws would look like a minnow, and we would be thoroughly gored and annihilated. Our altruistic, yet somewhat naive business philosophy, is based on “If we build it— they will come.” The Sharks would start using us as their model of “How Not to do Business.”Since its inception, Aloha Inspiration’s only mission has been to create products that INSPIRE ALOHA! Janene and I really did not have a clue about how we were going to market the company; our one and only real desire was to make sure...

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Our Conversation with Kim Taylor Reece

Interview

Our Conversation with Kim Taylor Reece

Hula has always been such a huge part of Janene's life and my own. It was during our Saturday hula lessons with Auntie Kanani Bell that Janene and I first became hula sisters and friends.  Thirty years ago, Kim Taylor Reece—the infamous sepia hula photographer—asked me to participate in several hula photo shoots with him. It was hard work, a lot of fun and such a great honor. When Janene and I launched Aloha Inspiration in Oct 2017, the very first person we wanted to interview was KTR. We drove out to his beautiful Hauula Hale and Kim and Kanoe...

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Aloha Inspiration interview with author Malia McManus

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Aloha Inspiration interview with author Malia McManus

Malia McManus is a multi-talented writer, who recently published her first novel “Dragonfruit." She beautifully transports us back in time to the overthrow of the Hawaiian Monarchy by skillfully creating characters that we fall in love with and root for, and who ultimately inspire us. She, along with her novel, fills our hearts with joy.  We sat down with Malia for this intimate interview and we're thrilled to be able to share it with you!

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Aloha, You're It! - FREE Download

Aloha, You're It! -  FREE Download

Download our ALOHA kindness card, print it out and give it to a stranger—OR perform ANY random act of kindness!

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