When I perform... Nalani

My name means "the heavens" in Hawaiian. I was named after my mother.

I perform with Nā Leo Kūpono Productions, a professional Polynesian entertainment company. Performing dances from the islands of Hawai'i, Tahiti, Tonga, Samoa and New Zealand.  I've been dancing hula for almost 23 years, Tahitian for 18 years and everything else for 8 years.

"I feel proud and blessed to be able to bring our culture to the mainland with us so everyone can enjoy as much as I do." ~Nalani

I feel a sense of pride and joy when I am on stage. I love being able to share our culture with everyone. We come from Kings and Queens of Hawai'i; our specific family has a royal lineage. We have an obligation to pass on their stories through the generations. And I feel as though we are making them proud by doing so.

My ethnicities are Hawaiian, Caucasian, Portuguese, African, Spanish, Filipino.

The more I dance, the more I appreciate the time and effort it takes to be able to do it the right way. Even now, after having danced for so long, I am still learning to perfect the art. The entire body dances, not one part is neglected. I've gained greater leg strength and balance. I've also gained a greater respect for all islands of the Pacific. I am proud to be Polynesian!