we built an art community starting with our 'ohana first
Together we are a family of multi-faceted artists who create and teach together.
As individuals we are visual artists, performing artists, spoken word poets, musicians, composers, educators, natural resource managers, lifetime students and most importantly, 'Aina warriors. We are the Naehu 'ohana from Moloka'i.
Tanya Mailelani Naehu
Tanya Mailelani Naehu is a Kanaka Maoli Boricua, educator, performer, artist, and community organizer from the island of Molokai, Hawaii. She is the director of the Molokai Nui a Hina project, a multi- generational community art project that is founded in traditional storytelling. She is also the co-founder and lead educator for Ka Hale Hoaka , an online school of Hawaiian Learning in which Maile applies indigenous philosophies and practices such as Mo’olelo; oral tradition, ‘Olelo Hawai’i; Hawaiian language, Hula; dance and oli; chant to her teachings. Through teaching storytelling via various art mediums she emphasizes great importance in building communication skills, self confidence, and a new generation of storytellers. She strongly believes that ancient wisdom within the stories of our ancestors holds the answers to modern day problems.
As a cultural practitioner she has represented Hawaii as a delegate, a presenter and as a consultant for both national and international gatherings and conferences in education, the arts, and conservation. Together with her daughter, Kapili'ula she creates her clothing line, MYLEI and are share the kuleana of lead art kumu for the Moloka'inuiahina Project.
Maile and her husband Hano share the hip hop stage as The Paniolo Prince and his Queen Maile.
Hanohano naehu aka
"da Paniolo Prince"
For the last 20 years Hanohano Naehu has been a Kia’i Loko, a fishpond guardian at Keawanui, an 800 year old Hawaiian Fishpond on Molokai, Hawaii. Hano, as he is referred to is also an Aloha 'Āina educator and program director for Hui o Kuapā 501c3. He is a dedicated community educator, teaching ancient concepts in land stewardship and resource management. As an avid activist and artist for Aloha Āina he translates his passions through hip hop and lyrical messages. It is in the youth that he sees the promise for a better tomorrow. By carefully weaving in stories of old that hold inlayed lessons of understandings he has taken hip hop to a whole new level. A level of consciousness, awakening and revival. Through Hanohano's flows the world can connect via his fluid writings and undeniable inspiration to "be the change." He surely walks the walk and hopes to not only connect to others that share the same universal values and virtues but to also spark a new generation of storytellers. One that will never forget.
Maile enjoys teaching art concepts to youth and occasionally gets to create herself. Here's an acrylic piece done by Maile, entitled Ku'u Home.
Maile and Hanohano's car ride cruises have received up to 90K hits as their messages of Aloha 'Aina continue to grow.
Hand dyed, woven and printed fashion for men, women, and children.
Made in Moloka'i, Hawaii by Maile and Kapili'ula Naehu.
This debut album is a manifestation of his work as a fierce guardian and protector of the Earth and her finite and threatened resources. He believes that through music a message of Aloha 'Aina, deep love for the land will flourish.
The Tip of the Spear- Album
Rodeo daze- Song
Hano's office is located at Keawanui fishpond, an 800 year old fishpond on the island of Moloka'i. it is here that Hui o Kuapa established a Hawaiian learning Center for all ages and origins to learn about Aloha 'Aina practices. Visit
Hanohano Naehu explains why indigenous knowledge is crucial in understanding our environment.
Sebastian Kahale Naehu-Ramos
Kahale is a Junior at Pomona College majoring in Music. He is a song writer and aspiring music producer. Well versed musically, he is a skilled guitarist and 'ukulele player. His other intersts include playing the piano, bass guitar, singing and performing with his band, the Cherries.
Kahale rehearsing their original song, "Let the Water Flow," with his mom, Maile and dad, Hanohano.
Kapili'ula is a multi-disciplined artist and a graduate of Moloka'i High School. Her natural born gift of vision is reflected in her spoken word poetry, creative writing and painting. She will be attending Princeton University to major in Creative Writing and Visual Arts. She dreams of owning a community art-hub on Moloka'i one day. She designs for their family clothing business, MYLEI. Kapili'ula is also an art instructor for the Moloka'inuiahina Project.