Pua Case (Pualani) was born and raised on the Island of Hawai’i surrounded by the high mountains of Mauna Kea Mauna Kea, Mauna Loa, Hualalai and Kohala, the fresh waters of Kohakohau and Waikoloa and the plains of Waimea. Pua’s life path and purpose has led her to become a Kumu Hula, a teacher of traditional dance and chant, and a teacher of the ways, culture, and traditions of the kanaka maoli or native peoples of Hawai’i. With a degree in Hawaiian Language and culture and a teaching degree in Social Studies, interwoven with the traditional teachings, philosophies, and expectations from her kupuna or elders, Pua has integrated ‘Ike Hawai’i or Hawaiian knowledge and lessons into the public school system for over 30 years.
Pua sits on various educational and cultural boards and heads MKEA, Mauna Kea Education and Awareness. Pua and her family are petitioners in the Contested Case hearing filed on behalf of Mauna Kea Mountain. She has stood on the front lines in North Dakota at Standing Rock and Sacred Stone Camps with fellow Mauna Kea Protectors in support of the Native Americans stance on keeping pipelines out of their rivers. For five years, Pua and her daughter, singer Hāwane Rios have been a part of Indigenous Peoples Day Celebrations in New York City. This work is one of commitment, dedication, passion and a mission to weave the relationships and strengthen the alliances with peoples everywhere for the highest good of the earth.