Hosted by Makani, the focus of Culurised is to introduce the Hawaii not many visitors and often times’ Local residents don’t know, hear about or experience. We feature guests that are “cultured” in certain aspects of Hawaiian culture. Sharing their knowledge and Mana’o on what makes our Native Hawaiian culture. The history, language, arts, education, and people. Guests will be Community leaders, artists, Kumu Hula, Kahu and everyday Hawaiian people.
Hawaiian Music Culture with Music Producer & Artist, Shawn Pimental
Shawn Kekoa Pimental is a 5-time Na Hoku Hanohano Award winner and Grammy Nominated Music Producer and Artist. He has produced records for Kealii Reichel, Lehua Kalima, Na Palapalai, Kaumakaiwa Kanakaole, Na Leo Pilimehana, Kainani Kahaunaele, Justin Young, Chad Takatsugi, Three Plus, Rebel Souljahz and many more.
Shawn has also composed and produced music for Mike Post, Disney and other Award-Winning shows. He has also toured the world as a Musical Director and Band Member for many other artists, sharing the stage with Janet Jackson, Colbie Caillat, Maxi Priest, Steel Pulse, America and Jack Johnson. Shawn has worked with just about every well known Musician and Award Winning Kumu Hula in Hawaiʻi. He has produced shows for many venues, corporate events, concerts and cruise ships. Shawn also owns the award winning record label KOOPS2 Entertainment and co-owns Studio Ala Moana.
Art & Culture with Manager of Small Town * Big Art on Maui, Kelly McHugh-White
With 23 years of experience as a nonprofit business administrator, Kelly McHugh-White specializes in the advancement of conservation, arts and cultural programs that leverage community engagement in order to strengthen visibility, credibility, and investment. A New York native, she joined the Maui community in 2008 to administer the marketing, fundraising and youth arts programs at Hui No‘eau Visual Arts Center followed by a 5-year tenure as Public Information Specialist for the State of Hawaiʻi, Kahoʻolawe Island Reserve Commission and an additional 2 years as Director of Marketing & Development for Pacific Whale Foundation. She has consulted for the County of Maui, Maui Redevelopment Agency, Spellbound Theatre, Coral Reef Alliance, Edible Hawaiian Islands, the National Guild for Community Arts Education, Merwin Conservancy and Art Maui, among others. She currently serves as Board Member for Adaptations Dance Theater and Nā Koa Manu Conservation, Inc.; Manager of County of Maui’s SMALL TOWN * BIG ART creative placemaking program; Principal of Little Rhinoceros LLC; and Founding Director of Maui Public Art Corps. Her work in outreach and fund development earned her a fellowship with the Ka Ipu Kukui program in 2016 and nomination as one of Hawaii’s most influential leaders, awarded a 40 Under 40 designation in 2018.
Japanese Culture with President of Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai'i, Nate Gyotoku
Nate serves as the President & Executive Director of Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaiʻi, overseeing all operations for the state. The Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaiʻi’s (JCCH) mission is to be a vibrant resource, strengthening our diverse community by educating present and future generations in the evolving Japanese American experience in Hawai‘i.
Before returning to the JCCH, Nate served at the President & Executive Director of Junior Achievement of Hawaii, an impact organization that inspires and empowers Hawaii’s youth to be successful in today’s global economy. He also served as Director of Sustainability Initiatives for Kupu, a nonprofit organization serving Hawaii's youth. There, he oversaw the organization's Sustainability Initiatives internship, the Hawaii Youth Conservation Corps (HYCC) Summer, HYCC Community, Kupu Culinary, Pacific Resiliency Fellowship, and the Hawaii Youth Sustainability Challenge programs which impacted more than 170 young adults annually.
Nate also served as Chief Operating Officer and Director of Programs for the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii in 2015 and also held the position of President for the Honolulu Japanese Junior Chamber of Commerce in 2012. Nate also has extensive private in the technology, food manufacturing, and facilities management industries.
Nate is a graduate of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature and is also a graduate of Waiakea High School on the island of Hawaii. He is also a member of the U.S.-Japan Council's Emerging Leaders Program.
Culture of Addiction with Educator, Kamuela "Kamu" Kauhane
Kamuela "Kamu" Kauhane is from the beautiful town of Nanakuli on the Island of O’ahu. Nanakuli holds a special place in his heart as this is the town where not only he was born and raised, graduated but is now an Educational Assistant at a local elementary school. In his younger years Kamuela has been a part of the town's paddling team, played baseball, football and even had boxing lessons. Though sports are not a current passion of his, there’s no saying he isn’t well versed. Nowadays, Kamuela would be considered a social media enthusiast. He used his wit and sense of humor to gain a wide spread of followers. You may already know his catchy phrase, “Aloha, Aloha, Aloha!” which he uses at the beginning of every video he posts on his social media accounts. Kamuela has a passion for helping people and uses social media to reach his audience from every walk of life. Kamuela has pretty much seen or done it all, even down to his recent attributes of being a pa’u rider, a pageantry judge and a well known emcee
Culture as a Business with Owners of Aloha Hula Supply, Sue & Kelina Eldredge
Sue Eldredge and her daughter Kelina Eldredge have both been professionally dancing Hula and Tahitian since they were young. Sue currently owns Aloha Hula Supply with the help of Kelina acting as the store manager. They provide Hula, Tahitian, Maori, Samoan & Tongan costumes, supplies, accessories and artificial lei. They also have a new Polynesian online platform featuring how to videos, talk story sessions, business highlights, etc. Sue has been teaching Polynesian dance workshops for almost 20 years and currently teaches at Aloha Hula Supply where they also offer dance workshops. Kelina was named Miss Aloha Hula 2017 and has performed for a variety of production companies including Magic of Polynesia.
Aloha ʻĀina with Practitioner of Mele Hawai'i, Zachary Lum
Zachary Alakaʻi Lum of Haʻikū, Heʻeia, Koʻolaupoko, Oʻahu, is a lifetime student, educator, and practitioner of mele Hawaiʻi. A graduate of Kamehameha Schools Kapālama and a current Ph.D. student in Political Science at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, Zachary is the executive director of Kāhuli Leo Leʻa, a Hawaiʻi 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to catalyzing aloha ʻāina through mele and other cultural practices. He is the former director of choral music at the Kamehameha Schools Kapālama campus, where he promoted the value of mele in education and as a powerful tool for self-efficacy. As a cultural practitioner, he is a Grammy-nominated producer and member of the seventeen-time Nā Hōkū Hanohano award-winning group, Keauhou. In addition to Keauhou, he has produced albums––including Kūhaʻo Maunakea (2019), Lei Nāhonoapiʻilani: Nā Mele Hou (2020), Huliāmahi, Vol. 1 (2020), and Kāwili (2021)––as well as live and virtual events, such as Hawaiian Airlines May Day and Mele Huliāmahi. He belongs to Hālau Nā Kamalei o Līlīlehua, a hula school under the direction of Kumu Hula Robert Uluwehionāpuaikawēkiuokalani Cazimero. Zachary is driven by his passion to promote mele and aloha ʻāina as a fundamental tenet of all relationships—familial to lāhui.