For the last 17 years Hanohano Naehu has been a Kia’i Loko, a fishpond guardian at Keawanui, an 800 year old Hawaiian Fishpond on Molokai, Hawaii. He is the caretaker of this environment in which he restores an aspect of Hawaiian Aquaculture: a traditional, sustainable, ocean fishpond that itself presents other opportunities for creativity through the healing Arts, Sciences, and feeling Spirituality. Hano, as he is referred to is also a community educator, teaching ancient concepts in land stewardship and resource management. As an avid activist and artist for Aloha Āina he translates his passions through hip hop and lyrical messages under his MC name The Paniolo Prince. He is also the coach for the Molokai Youth Slam Poets Society.
Tanya Maile Naehu is a Kanaka Maoli Boricua, educator, performer, artist, and community organizer on the island of Molokai, Hawaii. She is also the director of the Molokai Nui a Hina project, a multi- generational community art project. Maile is constantly searching and collaborating in order to design new approaches to teaching using traditional philosophies and practices such as oral tradition, ‘olelo Hawai’i, hula and oli. Through teaching storytelling via various art mediums she emphasizes great importance in building communication skills, self confidence, and a new generation of storytellers. She is the head coach for the Molokai youth poets along side her husband. Maile and her husband Hano share the hip hop stage as The Paniolo Prince and his Queen Maile.