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Kaʻiulani Iaea

Kaʻiulani is from Waimanalo, Oʻahu, and has attended Hālau Kū Māna Public Charter School since the 6th grade and will graduate with the Class of 2025.

Currently, she is in the Papa Loʻi class, who has been given the privilege to mālama Aihuaʻlama in Mānoa Valley. “He ali’i ka ʻāina he kauwā ke kanaka”, is a favorite ʻŌlelo no'eau, which translates to, “land is the chief and we are its servants.” Her love for ʻĀina is what drew her to apply for the internship. Kaʻiulani believes in working to rebuild and maintain the ʻĀina for future generations.

Kaʻiulani enjoys many extracurricular activities but her true love and passion is music. She won the Māna Maoli Grand Prize award in 2020 with her acapella rendition of “For the Lāhui” composed by Kumu Hina Wong-Kalu. The competition provided her with an opportunity to join the Māna Mele Youth Collective where she has enjoyed performing alongside many talented artists. Being a longtime Mana Mele student, she was selected to travel to New York City and appeared on the Tamron Hall talk show which announced Mana Maoli as the Grand prize winner of $500,000 from the Lewis Prize for Music. 

Kaʻiulani has enjoyed performing in various theater productions such as “Aladdin Jr.” and "You're A Good Man Charlie Brown,” with New Hope Oahu Youth Performing Arts Company under the direction of Dane Ison. In 2022, she snagged a lead role as “Sugar Plum” in “The Year Christmas was Almost Canceled,” and played a ferocious lioness in “Lion King Jr.” with Moʻolelo Studios under the direction of Kyle Kakuno.

In addition, Kaʻiulani has directly benefited from many programs offered by Liliʻuokalani Trust. Some of the programs she has been blessed to be a part of include Mele & Moʻolelo, Kumulau, Queen’s Music Ensemble, Tutu’s Hale, Project Mohala, and most recently Nā Leo o Kamakaʻeha. With each opportunity, her aloha and knowledge for Queen Liliʻuokalani continue to grow and for the past two years, she was able to celebrate our Queen’s birthday ceremony at her final resting place Maunaʻala. It is because she has been able to experience so much that she believes in working to advance our Lāhui, especially for our next generation.

With the costs rising each day to live in Hawaiʻi and more and more demands being placed on our keiki and kūpuna, the time to share our stories and heal is now. She hopes to bring forth new ideas and solutions for the modern challenges that will face modern kānaka who want to stay in our home. Kaʻiulani would like to leave everyone with this final manaʻo: “If we don’t share our stories, who will”?

E Ola!