Maolipua (Claire Kiana Kamaolipua Miyamoto) is the niece of Kumu Kamaolipua. She was born on and spent her childhood in Kuli’ou’ou Valley, O'ahu. When she was 8, she moved to the mainland but would return to her ‘ohana on O’ahu every summer and holiday. While living away, she would maintain her connection to her culture through hula and is currently living in Santa Monica, CA.
She has always been interested in spiritual practices, she is a certified yoga teacher and Shoden-level reiki practitioner. Her aunty Kamaolipua would always encourage her curiosity growing up, sharing different tools, books or teachings along the way. After a health scare at the beginning of 2019, she was drawn to her aunty’s Aloha Cards as maintaining a daily cultural and meditation practice that healed her during this time. After this, she felt an urgency to return back to her roots, and dive deeper into the teachings of her kūpuna.
She feels a deep sense of gratitude to her aunty Kamaolipua for graciously sharing her ‘ike and for the time they share together. She is proud to learn about the history of her people, culture and her own ‘ohana. She feels it is her kuleana to build her foundation, deepen her practice and perpetuate Hawaiian culture. She truly believes that the Hawaiian value of aloha is a unique way of living life and viewing one’s relationship to their land and community. She is honored to join the hālau as an alaka'i and looks forward to spreading the aloha!