My name is Leialoha “Lei” Ilae-Kaleimamahu


Since January 2011, I have served as the Creative Director at Hua ʻĀina. My team and I craft Hawaiian experiences that are fun and educational and that inspire change. 

In addition to my work at Hua ʻĀina, I am also a Professor at Hawaii Community College, a position I have held since January 2007. There I team courses about Hawaiian culture, with a focus on Hawaiian philosophy regarding ocean and land practices. 

In August of 2015, I decided to fully invest my time and attention to the work I do at Hua ʻĀina.

Since 1994, I have been the President and Creative Instructor at Hua ‘Aina, a creative initiative dedicated to cultural land connectivity education, and a Co-Director at Kūkulu Kumuhana o Puna, an education program with an emphasis on Hawaiian life style for Youth in the Puna and Waipiʻo communities on Hawaii Island. This youth service is ongoing and will celebrate 23 years of  working with our Youth.

I earned my Master of Education at the University of Hawaii at Hilo, graduating in 2005, with a special study in Indigenous Practices and Traditional Indigenous Forms of Assessment, and my Bachelor of Arts at the same university, majoring in Hawaiian Studies and Anthropology. Prior to that, I earned an Associate’s Degree at Hawaii Community College in 1994. 

I am Fluent in both English and Hawaiian, my specialties include teaching, creative direction, public speaking, leadership and Hawaii Culture and Arts. Recently, I have also become something of a social media expert; learning to build websites, market and sales.

My cultural knowing comes from my maternal grandmother, Ana Kealoha ʻĀina and many ʻOhana (family) members who hānai (cared for) me.  My Hula Traditions with world-renowned Hālau o Kekuhi and Akaunu has also been foundational in my expression of my cultural self. 

Being raised in Hawaiʻi coupled with lived experiences on the Hawaiʻi landscape enables me to create fun, inspirational and useful experiences for others.  

My passion is personal development through a connection to land.  I believe that the relationship of people to the landscape has an organic connection to all forms of personal greatness.  This is what inspires me, and the work that I love at Hua Āina.

Aloha mai Kākou (greetings to all)

Hua ʻĀina 2018 Year

Aloha and Welcome


Hōkūleʻa - Just a few thoughts.