Stephanie O’Mara, known as Nahokulani, fell in in love with the Hawaiian Islands as a teenager while visiting with her family. It was not so much the usual tourist or visiting experience as it was a sense of awe and deep connection to the 'aina and a recognition and respect of the spirit of the Hawaiian people. Many trips to the Islands since that time have enhanced and enriched her knowledge and provided opportunities to be more in touch with the messages and stories of the ancestors.
She has had the honor to be part of two hula halau, studying with Leolani Lowry in Santa Cruz
(Ka Lei Wehi o Ka Mailelauloa) and with Mapuana de Silva on O’ahu (Halau Mohala Ilima). She
first met Kumu Kamaolipua while attending workshops on The Aloha Spirit and Ho’oponopono.
She is honored to be invited to be an Alaka’i for Halau Napua o Kalei Maoli Ola and looks forward to deepening and sharing her studies of the beautiful, powerful and spiritual culture and
traditions of the Hawaiian people. She is a retired Registered Nurse and Family Therapist.