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Kapali Bilyeu - Program Coordinator

Born and raised in Wailua, Kauaʻi, Kapali has played many roles in Mana Maoli, starting off as an office volunteer and eventually joining the Administrative team. Kapali currently oversees year-long programming on Oʻahu, Kauaʻi, & Hawaiʻi Island.


As an alum of partner school Kanuikapono PCS in Anahola, Kauaʻi, Kapali credits her success to the cultural, place-based education she was able to receive from an early age, which inspired her to pursue and earn a Bachelor's degree in Hawaiian Studies as well as completion in the Kahuawaiola Indigenous Teacher Education Program, both through Ka Haka ʻUla O Keʻelikōlani College of Hawaiian Language at University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo.

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Pōmaika'i Keawe - Lead Program Instructor

Pomaika'i Keawe, has served as an instructor, education program coordinator, and administrator for 20+ years. Having over 30 years of experience and a rich, musical family background, her expertise is in music and the performing arts. As one of over 200 Creative Industry professionals in the “Mana Maoli Collective.”


Pomaika'i’s excellence in teaching and administration led her to become one of our first year long class instructors in 2013. Her role is to serve as a leader, model, and resource for all kumu, and to work in tandem with the Program Coordinators to coordinate all program services and support.

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Keola Nakanishi - Executive Director