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About Us

About Us

Welcome to the Home of Na Maka O Pu’uwai Aloha!

Na Maka O Pu’uwai Aloha translates to “Descendants of Generosity”. We are a 501 (c ) (3) non-profit organization located in Waipio Gentry, Waipahu, Hawaii. Na Maka Studio was founded in 1999 by President, Mandi K. Scott.

 Our Goal

Our goal is to teach and perpetuate the Hawaiian culture and language through hula. We have since expanded our programs to include Polynesian (Tahitian and Maori), Ukulele, Guitar, Voice, Hip Hop, Jazz and Ballet classes. Here at Na Maka O Pu’uwai Aloha we aim to provide a safe, enjoyable, non-competitive environment for students to express themselves. We welcome you to join our ‘ohana and maybe, just maybe, find the performer hiding in you!

Who Are Classes For?

We welcome children and adults of all ages and skill levels to build self-confidence through these performing arts and what better way to do that than to actually perform!

Sharing is Caring

We have had the honor of being able to share our talents with different communities in Hawaii, on the mainland and internationally.

Our students have had the privilege of performing at various locations such as the Disney Theme Parks at Disneyland in California, Japan, Hong Kong and Paris, Orlando’s Disney World, Universal Studios in California and Orlando, the Tanabata Festival in Japan, various schools and senior centers throughout Japan and Hong Kong, the Pasifika Festival in New Zealand, our Nation’s Capital and down the streets of New York City in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. While we believe in broadening our dancers’ horizons, we also firmly believe in the power of a good education.

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Paying it Forward

At Na Maka O Pu’uwai Aloha we support and encourage higher education. Our studio’s annual Ho’ike is held at the prestigious Hawaii Theater and a portion of the funds raised benefit our qualifying graduating high school seniors with a scholarship to aide in their continued education. Along with education, we also remind our dancers of our mission to give back.

We serve our community by participating in various fundraisers such as the Relay for Life and Hawaii Food Bank food drive. We have also delivered Thanksgiving meals with Lanakila Meals on Wheels and conduct toy drives during Christmas to benefit the Kapiolani Hospital’s children’s ward. We also share our talents as we entertain at various senior centers on Oahu like Ka Puna Wai Ola and The Convalescent Center of Honolulu. It is of utmost importance to us that our students remember the value of giving back to the community, to those less fortunate than ourselves and to those who came before us.

Our Mission

Na Maka O Pu’uwai Aloha’s mission is to perpetuate the Hawaiian culture and language by educating the haumana (student) through music and dance. We offer Hula, Polynesian, Hip Hop, Ballet, Jazz, ‘Ukulele, Guitar and Voice lessons to help students express themselves and build self confidence.
We support and encourage higher education and we also believe in giving back to the community. We try to provide a fun and safe environment for students to learn.

As we share our beautiful culture with others, we also hope to preserve it for future generations. Through numerous performances and opportunities, such as traveling abroad, we hope to instill the values of living Hawaiian with the world.