Mandi K. Scott
Kumu Hula, Our President
Mandi Kaleilani Scott, Kumu Hula and President of the Na Maka O Pu’uwai Aloha Foundation, was born and raised in ‘Oahu, Hawai’i. She grew up in both Mililani and Waipahu, and currently resides in Mililani. She graduated from the University of Hawai’i at Manoa with a bachelor’s degree in Hawaiian studies, and later obtained a master’s degree in elementary education from the University of Phoenix. She was an elementary school teacher for 18 years, starting at St. Joseph Parish school in Waipahu and continuing to Leihoku elementary school in Waianae. She is also currently the Director and Co-owner of Na Maka K Prep school. Teaching was something Mandi always knew she wanted to do. Luckily, it went hand in hand with her lifelong passion, hula.
During Mandi’s freshman year at UH, while studying to become a Special Education teacher, she volunteered to teach a young group of special ladies. These ladies were from Halau Ha’aheo Na Kamali’i and they were born with Down syndrome. She began teaching them hula at the age of 17 and they continue to dance for her today. This hula class of 4 very special women marked the beginning of a studio that now has over 400 students. This class is where Mandi’s “Na Maka O Pu’uwai Aloha” dream began.
People say that it’s team work that makes the dream work. Na Maka is no exception to that rule. Mandi chose instructors, with expertise in their field, who would also promote a safe, non-competitive environment for students to foster their self-confidence. She aims to help her students find the courage to be free to be themselves and give them the opportunities to see where that freedom can take them.
On behalf of the Na Maka O Pu’uwai Aloha Foundation board, instructors, staff and our president, Mandi K. Scott, we thank you, for making this dream work.
Na Maka O Pu’uwai Aloha Foundation
Na Maka O Pu’uwai Aloha Studio
Hey Everybody! My name is Keola and I am a Hula Instructor here at Na Maka.
I have been dancing hula since I was 2 years old. Forced by my parents, as a child, I never enjoyed dancing Hula. I preferred to stay home and watch my cartoons every Saturday. Since then, Hula has broadened my imagination and my horizons. I have danced for some of the most well known Kumu Hula in the world such as Aunty Carolee Nishi, Aunty Vicky Holt Takamine, the late, great Kumu Hula O’brien Eselu and, of course, ‘Anake Mandi Scott. The latter not only my kumu, but my big sister as well. As a child, I competed in the Keiki Hula Competition every year.
I began teaching Hula as an assistant for ‘Anake Mandi when I was still in High school. I began teaching my own classes at Na Maka about 8 years ago. Being an instructor was a lesson in itself. My students have been my greatest teachers. I, myself, am not a confident person. Hula is really one of the only things that I do well. Where most people would have stage fright, when I’m on stage, this inexplicable calm takes over. For those 3 minutes, I’m free. When I see my Hula babies get on stage, at 4 years old, with a giant smile, in front of 2,000 or more people, dancing their heart out, it is one of the most rewarding feelings I have ever known. Hula has grown into my deepest passion. I can’t wait to share that with you!
My favorite food is just about ANYTHING my husband cooks.
My favorite color is every shade of PINK!
My favorite hobby and REAL full time job is chasing around my pterodactyl, Parsyn Belle.
The emoji that describes me best is 😂 because I believe it’s so important to surround yourself with people who can make you laugh so hard, you cry. I cry laugh on the daily!
Aloha mai kākou, My name is Tiani Scott and I’m a hula teacher at Na Maka :).
I am 19 y/o and I’m currently a student at UHM perusing a degree in Hawaiian studies and TIM!! I also graduated from MHS in 2018, whooo bleed brown and gold!
I’ve been dancing hula since I was 2 y/o. Hula is my passion, it’s my way of expressing myself and connecting to my culture.
Na Maka is my family, second home, and my safe place. My childhood revolves around Na Maka and I’ve made many life long relationships and friendships with everyone here❤️ . Na Maka has also allowed me to explore all of the arts and has taught me how to be well rounded. I’ve taken Tahitian, hip-hop, voice, ukulele, guitar, and jazz, most of which I still take. Every instructor here makes you feel loved and confident. 💕
Welcome to our ohana, I look forward to meeting you!
Me Ke aloha,
Aloha! My Name is Breanne Maeda and I am a Hula instructor here at Na Maka ‘O Pu’uwai Aloha.
I have been dancing under the direction of Kumu Mandi Scott for over the past 19 years. During my time at Na Maka I have had the privilege of performing in Hawai’i, the mainland and in Japan, sharing my love and passion for Hula and Tahitian. In 2010, I became a Keiki Kokua with Na Maka assisting ‘Anake Mandi in her Keiki classes. In 2015, I was given the opportunity by my Kumu to teach hula at Waikele Elementary for their after school A+ program. Through these experiences at Na Maka it has guided me to become the dancer and teacher I am today.
My favorite foods include Japanese cuisine and any type of pasta. I like the colors pink, black and red. My hobbies besides dancing Hula and Tahitian are shopping and hanging out with my friends and family. The emojis that best describe me are ❤️ 💖. I chose these particular heart emojis because my heart is always so full dancing hula with each of my students!
Aloha! My name is Jordan Domingo, but my Nā Maka ‘ohana knows me as “Jordo”! I’ve been a part of Nā Maka O Pu’uwai Aloha for 17 years. Throughout the many years as a hula dancer I have not only gained the knowledge and skills as a hula performer but as the hula instructor that I am today.
Being a part of Nā Maka hasn’t only given me the potential as a hula instructor and performer, but it has gifted me with an extended family.
Not only do I teach hula at Nā Maka, but I also help and assist our Kumu’s hula classes as a Keiki Kokua. When I’m not in my hula skirt and outside from the studio, I go to work as a teacher’s aide at Nā Maka K-Prep Schools.
Some fun facts about me is that my food of choice is ramen, my favorite color is black… because it matches with everything, and my top three hobbies are shopping, going to the beach with my friends, and spending time with my family! The emoji that best describes me would have to be the Purple Heart “💜” because my favorite K-pop group that I’m a huge fan of is BTS! If you’re a fan you will understand, and if you aren’t one you’re missing out. LOL!
Hip Hop Instructor
Hi! My name is Ashley and I teach hip hop here at Na Maka.
I started dancing at a young age. I took a break in my later elementary and intermediate years, and started dancing again throughout my high school years.
I have one beautiful talented daughter that is currently in the ninth grade. She keeps me very busy.
My favorite color is black because it goes with everything. I love Thai food, but we have to keep it mild. And I love Haagen-Dazs coffee flavored ice cream.
Hip Hop Instructor
Hi Everyone! My name is Espie and I’m a hip-hop instructor for Na Maka. I’ve been dancing with Na Maka since I was a young girl and initially started with hula class. As the studio expanded, the variety of classes expanded as well. The hip-hop and Jazz classes caught my interest in particular and lead me to join.
I graduated from James Campbell High and later attended both Leeward Community College (LCC) and the University of Hawaii West Oahu (UHWO). I graduated with my associate degree from LCC in 2017 with honors. I graduated as a Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Scholar and am still apart of the PTK International Honors Society. I’m currently working towards a Bachelors’s degree in Business with a Marketing Concentration at UHWO and I’m aiming to obtain a Master’s in the future but am in no rush 🙂 I also attended Honolulu Nail Academy where I studied nail technology. I will be a licensed nail technician toward the end of 2020.
Some fun facts about me:
My all-time favorite foods are Indian and spicy foods!
I love eating sweet and dill pickles straight from the jar.
My favorite color is pink.
Besides dancing, I also enjoy yoga practices, reading, doing my own nails and playing the piano.
The Emoji that would best describe me is probably “😜”. I’m always laughing, joking and trying not to take life too seriously.
Creative Movement & Hip Hop Instructor
My name is Milah Wong and I teach Creative Movement and Tots, Keiki, Juniors and Teen 1 Hip Hop.
My favorite hobbies include dancing, mixing music, watching YouTube/Netflix/Disney+.
My favorite food is noodles.
My favorite colors are orange and purple.
I love to go to Disneyland.
The emojis that best describes me is 😗🤪
I started dancing with Na Maka in 2012. I started with hula and jazz, and the following year I joined hip hop. In 2013, I became a Keiki Kokua and I helped with hip hop until 2019. In July of 2018, I became an instructor for Creative Movement and Tots hip hop. The year after, in 2019, I began teaching the rest of my classes.
I graduated with my Honors diploma in 2018 from Kamehameha Schools. I am currently attending LCC and will be graduating with my Associates Degree in the Spring of 2020.
Ia orana! Kia Ora! Talofa! My name is Donnelle Alos and I’m a Polynesian Instructor here at Na Maka O Pu’uwai Aloha. I was first introduced to this wonderful hui since my daughter Kylie and Tiani Scott were besties in preschool and Kylie started hula. They had a special kind of friendship that bonded our families together. Approximately in 2009, I started teaching the Polynesian classes and it’s been such a blessing ever since. I truly believe we have THE BEST instructors at Na Maka. They are so talented and genuine and give so much of themselves and their talent to our students. One of the many things I love about what I do is seeing our students, of all ages, happy to learn something exciting and new.
I’m proud to be part of another great family at Hawaiian Airlines as a Flight Attendant since 2002. Other than dancing, it’s the best “real job” I’ve ever had. I enjoy and work with the greatest people and meet different people from around the world.
Dancing since 1975 and professionally since 1984:
● Germaine’s Luau ● Tokyo Disneyland ● Takaragaike Prince Hotel – Kyoto,Japan ● Toured Poland – Polonia Tours and HVB ● Performed throughout Hawaii & Japan ● Competed in Hula and Tahitian competitions – Solo and Group Categories
● Proud graduate of Mililani High School ● UH Manoa, School of TIM, Bachelor’s Degree
Dance Heritage: My kumu, instructors, & mentors
● Iwalani’s School of Dance – Iwalani Tseu ● Tiare’s Otea of San Francisco – Tiare Clifford ● Ka Ua Kilihune – Al Makahinu Barcarse ● Kalena’s Polynesian Ohana – Isitolo & Iwalani Oloa ● Tahitian Ra’atira – Teitu Kameʻenui ● Aloha Pumehana O Polynesia – Denise Ramento ● Germaine’s Luau Conventions – Pattie Eselu ● Na Maka O Pu’uwai Aloha – Mandi Scott
Hiii! My name is Aby & I’m a polynesian instructor here @ Na Maka.
The emoji’s that would best describe me would be 😈💕 “I’m stubborn & feisty but if you show me it’s safe behind the wall I’ve built up, I’m very loving, loyal, & affectionate”.
All colors amuse me depending on the day but my all time favorite colors are pink and baby blue.
My hobbies consist of dancing hula & tahitian and being an aspiring makeup guru (in my dreams, lol).
Eating may be one of my hobbies but my favorite foods are Sushi & Steak.😋
I first started dancing when I was 3 years old and I instantly fell in love! As I grew each day, my dancing progressed. I’ve gained a passion and I’ve always opened up to new and better things. I became a member of the Na Maka Ohana in 2009 & I’ve never been so blessed and grateful for all the opportunities, memories, and loads of love. My experience has made me become more confident and I’ve learned to always dance like nobody’s watching!
I’m a graduate of Mililani High School Class of 2013.
Aloha! My name is Xena. I often go by “Xe”. I teach keiki poly here at Na Maka.
My favorite hobby is dancing Tahitian. I love the drumming and how it makes my body want to move and groove. I love all colors but if I had to choose one color, it would be pink. My Favorite foods are burgers and french fries.. can’t forget the ranch!
The emoji that would best describe me would be 💗🦋
A heart because I give lots of love and a butterfly because I love butterflies.
I was first introduced to Na Maka from my mom and my two long time twin best friends. My experience with our studio is a growing experience. I joined hula when I was in middle school. From there, I was taught how to be confident and that it’s good to try new things even if they are out of our comfort zone. Na Maka instantly became my new family and our family grows everyday!
I graduated with the Mililani High School Class of 2015.
Hello my name is Jenna Kala and I am a Jazz instructor here at Na Maka. I have been teaching Jazz here at Na Maka since 2014. I have also been an elementary school teacher since 2012. I am currently teaching 1st grade. I have a dual bachelors in elementary and early childhood education and a masters in literacy.
Children and teaching is my passion! Dance is another one of my passions which is why teaching children dance here at Na Maka is a dream of mine. I grew up taking ballet, jazz, and hip hop from about the age of 10 for a competitive dance company.
I am married and have 2 children. One son and one daughter. Both of which take classes and lessons here at Na Maka. My family, my children and my teaching is my life and my Faith is what gets me through it all.
Hello! My name is Ms. Dora and I have been with Na Maka studios teaching jazz since 2014. My dance background includes jazz, contemporary, hip hop and ballet.
I took my first dance class when I was a sophomore in high school. My best friend and I looked up “dance studios” in the yellow pages (prehistoric times) and caught the city bus to a small studio near Waikiki. My instructor reminded me of the dance teacher from the TV show “Fame” – intense, full of passion, and super scary. I got over the fear, stuck with it and have been dancing ever since.
When I’m not dancing, I am working at my other job as a physical therapist. In fact, dance actually inspired me to pursue a career in physical therapy. Of course, my real job is being a mom x3. (So no other time for hobbies or other fancy stuff.) I like any kind of food as long as I don’t need to do the dishes and my fave color depends on my mood. I think my kids would say this emoji suits me best: 🥴.
In 2019, Na Maka Performing Arts had an opportunity to participate in dance workshops and perform for judges in Los Angeles. Our dancers had an amazing experience and received highest recognition for their performances. They danced their heart out and I was very proud of them. Best experience as an instructor! ❤️
Hi!! My name is Katlin Schendel and I am a Jazz instructor at Na Maka O Pu’uwai Aloha.
I have been apart of the studio since 2010 and have participated in the Hip-Hop, Tap, Jazz and Voice programs. I started off teaching when I became a part of the Keiki Kokua (Teacher’s Aide) in 2012.Since then I haven’t been able to step away. I was proud to get my own class a couple of years ago and I have been so blessed to be able to share my love of dance with my students. I have seen a lot of them grow up since I started helping with classes and now one of them is even my own Keiki Kokua.
In addition to dance, I currently attend Leeward Community College and am studying to eventually obtain a doctorate in Forensic Psychology.
My favorite food is… Apple and cheese crepes
My favorite color is… purple
My favorite hobby is… horseback riding
The emoji that describes me best is… 😜
Since childhood, ballet has been a big part of Miss Jenny’s life. She started ballet classes at the age of 10 at her hometown theater in Nordhausen (former East Germany). She devoted all of her efforts to becoming a professional dancer only to discover at age 15 that her body type was not suitable for this career. She trained recreationally until the age of 17, and during that time performed – under the direction of Monika Honti – in a number of professional ballet productions, including Coppelia, Sheherazade and Esmeralda at the Theater Nordhausen. She went to college in Kaiserslautern to study business administration and continued her dance training at several studios in the area including the Pfalztheater Kaiserslautern.
During her college years, Miss Jenny worked part-time as a German language teacher at Adult Continuing Education at Ramstein Air Base from 1997 – 2000.
At age 20, Miss Jenny started teaching preballet and beginning ballet students at the Fairy Tale Dance Studio in Ramstein, Germany. Her marriage to an American brought her to California where she trained at the Academy of Ballet in San Francisco, the San Francisco Dance Center and the Dance Network in Fairfield with many teachers from Russia, America and England. She also became certified as a Ballet Master with Dance Masters of America, Inc at the age of 24 and taught ballet lessons for preballet, beginning and intermediate ballet students at the Dance Network in Fairfield. In California, she also taught German lessons at the Berlitz Language Institute in Walnut Creek for 3 years.
In 2003, Miss Jenny got certified for Piyo with Powder Blue Productions and taught at Gold’s Gym in Vacaville and 24 hour Fitness in Fairfield. She moved back to Germany later that year and taught ballet, pilates and yoga at several studios and fitness centers. She also participated in many dance workshops in Germany and worked with internationally renowned teachers. She continued teaching German lessons from home for all ages and levels.
In 2010, Miss Jenny opened her own studio for Dance, Yoga and Pilates and German lessons in Kaiserslautern – “Grace Studio” – and ran it successfully for 8 years. Besides teaching more than 25 hours a week for all ages and levels, she took care of all of the administrative work and marketing. With the help of her staff, she put together stunning productions twice a year – The Nutcracker and a Spring Showcase. The studio gave her the opportunity to work with more than 80 dance and yoga teachers. She furthered her education by getting certified for Vinyasa Yoga, Prenatal Yoga, Nutrition Fundamentals, Bosu, Pilates with props and more.
5 of her ballet students got accepted into a very prestigious ballet academy in Germany “Akademie des Tanzes, Mannheim” which prepares students for a professional career.
In 2018, Miss Jenny sold her studio and moved to Hawaii due to her husband’s job. She started a ballet program on Hickam that grew from 20 to 200 students in just a couple of weeks. She also taught German classes from home for children and adults.
In July 2019, she got hired by Ballet Hawaii as a ballet teacher for all ages and levels, choreographer and répétiteur.
Due to Covid – 19, all of her classes were taught virtually on zoom.
In January 2021, she additionally started taking over the ballet program at Na Maka and is excited to begin in-person classes again.
Miss Jenny looks fondly back at 24 years of teaching, having trained more than 6,000 students of all ages and levels.
As a ballet and yoga/pilates teacher:
Miss Jenny is a kind and nurturing teacher who has high expectations. Her students must be sincere and willing to be corrected. She takes pride in being a very “hands-on” teacher and being very meticulous about technique and alignment, making students aware of proper placement and muscle engagement. It is important to her that the dancers feel their body and each movement. No movement should be done arbitrarily but with very precise attention to placement, musicality and artistry. Her goal is to inspire students to love the art of ballet and to always put forth their best effort.
Aloha, Rayna K. Chong here …. I’ve been a part of the Na Maka family since 2000 as a musician, singer and Keiki Choir Instructor. I’ve added Vocal Coach to that list 8 years ago.
I’ve been a Singer🎤 all my life and graduated from the Kamehameha Schools & Leeward Community College.
My family and I are members of the Na Maka Hui. It’s with this membership that we have been able to sing and dance together as a family all over the world. We’ve visited places like Japan, Hong Kong, France, England, New Zealand, the mainland and the neighbor islands.
Being a part of Na Maka has allowed us to do what we love 🎼, with the people we love all over the world 🌎.
The titles I am most proud of are “Koko” a nickname used by only a handful of people, including my parents David and Bruna Lam. “Mommy” or some version of that by my kids Kiki and Kian Chong. And my favorite “my Princess” as I’m called by Nakia, the best husband in the world.
My favorite food changes monthly but this month it’s Korean Kalbi. My favorite color is purple. My favorite hobby is organizing and making things more efficient. The emoji that describes me best is😜
Aloha! My name is Aunty Kalena and I teach voice and choir here at Na Maka. I have been performing in Hawaii for over 15 years and have had the privilege of teaching these amazing students since 2017. Being a member of the group Kapena since 2002 has molded me has a musician and entertainer.
Mentoring and teaching these kids, though, has been one of the most fulfilling things in my life. Last year, my Na Maka Teen Choir sang on a track called “We Are A Voice” which is featured on an 18-track compilation album titled “Kuha’o Maunakea” with artists like Lehua Kalima, Del Beazley, Keauhou, Josh Tatofi and more.
Ukulele & Guitar Instructor
Aloha everyone! I am Jonah Davis, an Ukulele & Guitar Instructor here at Na Maka O Pu’uwai Aloha. I have been a part of the Na Maka Ohana for about 7 years as an instructor and look forward to many more.
I have been performing as a musician here in Hawaii for over 20 years as a part of the bands Ka’ena, Tropic50, and currently as a solo artist. I have been teaching and mentoring in music for the last 12 years and found it to be one of the most rewarding and fulfilling things I have ever done in my life.
In addition to Na Maka, over the years I have had the privilege of teaching ukulele to people locally and from around the world in various settings. I have taught ukulele in our local public schools, a College Foreign Exchange Program, in hotels, at the KoAloha Ukulele Factory to the many ukulele visitors, performers, and enthusiasts that visit. I’ve taught online ukulele instructors and players from all parts of the globe, and with various local community programs and public events. As a member of the Ukulele Guild of Hawaii, I am one of 3 select instructors that teach in the community sharing the ukulele and providing programs where ever they are requested. Despite all I have been able to be a part of, I love being a part of the Na Maka Ohana and there’s nothing that I enjoy more than laughing, having fun with my students, and watching them grow in music.
I love to eat Hawaiian food, pizza, and sushi.
Emoji’s that best describe me are … 🛫👉🏻🏯🤲🏻🚗… Translation: “I want to move to Japan so I can buy a tiny car” 😂.
My favorite color is purple even though the only color I wear is black lol.
A hobby of mine is buying instruments and giving them away.
Aloha, my name is Bryant and I am a ukulele instructor here at Na Maka O Pu’uwai Aloha.
Music has been a strong passion of mine for as long as I could remember. It is also one of my favorite hobbies to do, besides drawing and gaming, whenever I have free time. My musical journey began in the summer of 2008 when I enrolled in a mathematics ukulele course taught by Glenn Medeiros. During this time was where I discovered my love for music and the ukulele. I joined the Na Maka family shortly after to further pursue my interests in singing and playing my instrument.
Being a part of Na Maka has opened many doors and has given me opportunities to grow as a musician. Within the last year, I have competed at the 14th Annual Duke’s Ukes Contest as well as Hawaii Stars. I have had the privilege and honor of singing with the Na Maka Teen Choir on KalenaKu’s hit song entitled “We Are A Voice”.
Teaching ukulele is a new chapter in my life, but at the same time, it has brought me to full circle. I have been blessed with the opportunity to reach out to kids with musical interests. I hope to help them discover their love for music and to bring out the hidden talent in each of them.
Hello everyone! My name is Kara Toguchi and I am an ukulele instructor here at Na Maka.
I have been taking guitar lessons at Na Maka since I was 12 years old and I just recently was given the amazing opportunity to be an ukulele instructor for the Keiki in the summer of 2019.
I am now 18 years old and a few things I love doing is playing music, being in nature, spending time with friends and family, and seeing my kids learn and grow into incredible musicians!
I am currently attending Leeward Community College. I graduated in 2019 from Mililani High School and I’m trying to figure out what I want to do and where I exactly want to go in terms of my future career since there are so many options to explore.
My favorite food would probably have to be pad thai. But then again my favorite food changes like every week. My favorite color is green, especially darker shades of green 💚 and an emoji to describe me? Hmmm I’d say 🥳 because you should live life everyday to its fullest and every day is a celebration.