Namaka Dominique Del Chiaro is a fourth-generation Half Moon Bay native. Coming from strong roots in coastal farming she has a special affinity for the ocean (ka moana), the land (ka ʻāina) and her community. She teaches yoga and hula in Half Moon Bay and at Stanford University. She is the Director of the dance troupe, Nā Wahine O Kalani ( the women of the heaven), a group of hula sisters who spread the joy and aloha of Hawaiʻi every time they perform.
Namaka lived on the Big Island where she experienced the richness of the Hawaiian culture. She started her studies with Kumu Kamaolipua in 2016 learning the power of hoʻoponopono and furthering her studies of the culture. She continues her studies with Kumu in history, language, chants (oli), crafts, mythology and hula. With haʻahaʻa ( humility) in her heart, she continues to evolve in her understanding and kuleana ( responsibility).
She loves the culture and spirituality of Hawaiʻi and is honored to be Kumu Kamaolipuaʻs alakaʻi together with her other alakaʻi sisters. With deep respect she will share the traditions, the ka ʻike ( knowledge)of this native culture as guided by Kumu Kamaolipua. Join Namaka as she invites you to experience the beauty and wisdom of her teachings.