november • 2012 keiki cover model

Aloha to this month’s keiki cover girl, eight-year-old Namahina Kawabata. She is currently in the third grade at Maui Preparatory Academy in Napili, where her favorite subject is Performing Arts.

Mom is Nohealani Ralar, who works at the Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua in sales and marketing, and is also a cheerleading coach at Lahainaluna High School. Dad is Kawika Kawabata, who works at Marriott’s Maui Ocean Club in the valet department.

Namahina enjoys dancing hula because she was born into it! She is a member of the renowned and musical Farden family. Her mother dances and assists her grandmother, K. Holoaumoku Ralar, who is a Maui kumu hula for Napili Kai Foundation and Na Pua O Kapi‘olani Hula Studio.

Mom shares: “Namahina is my cherished gift. She amazes me with the enthusiasm for life… and keeps me on my toes! I know that she will continue to share our Hawaiian culture and the spirit of aloha!”

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