Hualalai, named after the majestic mountain on the western side of the Island of Hawai’i was born on Moloka’i and raised on Pu’u Kapu, Kamuela. Growing up, Hualalai had the privilege of being in the presence of his uncles, Clayton and Shorty Bertelmann.
Clayton, a well-known community leader and founder of Na Kalai Wa'a, a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation & education of traditional non-instrumental navigation & deep-sea voyaging. Clayton also lead the building of Makali'i- a deep-sea voyaging canoe.
Shorty was on the first Hokule'a voyage to Tahiti in 1976 and is Pwo navigator. Shorty is now on the board of Na Kalai Wa'a and serves as a community leader, sharing the knowledge of deep-sea voyaging and traditional navigation.
At a young age, Hualalai was able to grasp the ancient knowledge of his ancestors and apply it to his own experiences with Hawaiian sailing canoes. Using his experiences, Hualalai created his own avenue in which he would share the values and knowledge of the Hawaiian sailing canoes with communities throughout Hawai'i.
Today, Hualalai is married with five children. Working with various organizations, Hualalai is committed to making a positive difference in peoples' lives.
Hualalai Keaweoluna Keohuloa
Alohilani O'Tahiti Akala Keohuloa
-Founder & Owner
Alohi was born on the Big Island of Hawai'i & raised on the Hamakua coast. Growing up in a surfing family, she was fortunate enough to call Waipi'o her home-surf-break.
As a student, she was employed at Keck Observatory where she gained invaluable skills in photography & graphic designing.
During her senior year in high school, she traveled to Australia where she gained a broader understanding of the global climate issues. Feeling the need to make a difference, Alohi traveled back home to Hawai'i, where she met Hualalai.
Alohi has worked with North Hawaii Community Hospital, Kahilu Theatre, Prince Dance Institute & Na Leo T.V.
Alohi and Hualalai have been involved in the community for many years, working with organizations such as Youth Horizons, The Arc Of Kona, Hamakua Youth Center, Na Kalai Wa'a, Kamehameha Schools, Kanu O Ka'aina, Hawaiian Culture Center of Hamakua, Hawaii Institute of Pacific Agriculture and many more.
Married for seven years & raising five children has kept them busy. Aloha Wa'a allows the family to be together and work with communities to share their love for the ocean.