Nā Mākou About Us

Our teaching motto

I ulu ka moana a kū‘ula,
i kupu ka laʻa kea a waʻewaʻe,
i kūpaʻa nā mamo a papaloa.

Inspired by the ocean,
strengthened by ancestral fishing knowledge,
steadfast are the people of Koʻolau.

This motto is dedicated to those in Anahola and neighboring bays that have the courage to continue fishing using traditional methods, and share this knowledge with others who are ready to receive it. This motto is also dedicated to our ancestors in the district of Ko’olau, Kauai, who left us with a base knowledge about our ocean resources that we can apply in today’s society and economy.

Nā Kumu/Nā Po’e Hana Teachers & Staff

Kamealoha Smith

Kamealoha Smith

Alakaʻi Pāhana Program Manager

Kamealoha Smith serves as the Project Director for Kaiāulu Anahola since its inception in 2011. He has a background in Hawaiian Immersion Education and is a graduate of the Hālau Wanana Indigenous Teacher Program (Waimea, Hawaii). One of Kamealoha’s professional experiences includes working as a program coordinator for an environmental studies program based in Oshima, Yamaguchi, Japan.

Adam Prall

Adam Prall

Kanaka Laekahi ʻEnehana Technology Specialist

Adam Prall has been with Kaiāulu Anahola since 2011. Adam is an expert in computer programming and is responsible for infusing culture into marine education technology projects. One of Adam’s passions at work is to teach haumāna how to illustrate indigenous science ideas using technology.

Kumu Vern Kauanui

Kumu Vern Kauanui

Kumu ʻIke Hawaiʻi Traditional Knowledge Specialist

Kumu Vern Kauanui is a kūpuna who was raised in Anahola. A former Hawaiian Studies teacher in the DOE, Kumu Vern now works with community and haumāna to teach them about the traditional uses of coastal marine plants. He also serves as a mentor to others on the project in traditional knowledge. Kumu Vern was one of the founding members of Kaiāulu Anahola.

ʻAnake Kawahine

ʻAnake Kawahine

Kumu ʻIke Hawaiʻi Traditional Knowledge Specialist

ʻAnake Kawahine works with Kumu Vern with a special focus in assisting with gathering resources and oral histories of Anahola, Wailua, and other areas of Northeast Kauaʻi. A former hula dancer, ʻAnake Kawahine also works with staff and haumāna to teach relevant Hawaiian songs and chants, specific to fishing traditions in our area.

Kamakana

Kamakana

Limahana Traditional Knowledge Assistant

Kamakana, a 2011 graduate of the Kawaikini Hawaiian Immersion School on Kauaʻi, works with Kamealoha to inventory and assess natural resources in projects. He also helps with translating documents from Hawaiian to English and English to Hawaiian.

Keahi

Keahi

Limahana Program Assistant

Keahi started working with Kaiāulu in 2013 and serves as the program assistant in the office. She also assists with collecting data for research projects. Keahi has a background in project management.