Like her ancestors, Pualani Kanaka’ole Kanahele epitomizes cultural brilliance, beauty and power. She is the beneficiary of a rich, matrilineal legacy. A renowned scholar and author who is steeped in the hula tradition, she currently leads a team of researchers in reestablishing an ancient Hawaiian system of cultural intelligence. Her vast reservoir of knowledge ranges from ethno astronomy to volcanism.
Devoted to ancestors and descendants alike, Pualani is President of the Edith Kanaka’ole Foundation, a family foundation that promotes and elevates Hawaiian knowledge and intelligence. She is also a Hula Master and Director of Hawaiian Traditional Knowledge Research with Hawaii Community College. At age 69, Dr. Kanahele received an Honorary Doctor of Philosophy degree from the University of Hawai’i-Mänoa.