PNW Polynesian


'A'ohe pau ka 'ike i ka halau ho'okahi. All knowledge is not learned in one school. You can learn from many sources.- quote and Hawaiian language resources can be found on -
'Ōlelo No'eau
Words of wisdom also known as Hawaiian Proverbs
The basis of all knowledge is handed down from one generation to another. How to live, heal, mourn and celebrate are part of our ancestral connection. This site is a blend of Hawaiian teachings within the framework of modern times. It's a Polynesian approach to life in the gorgeous Pacific Northwest. We try our best to live, share and be ALOHA through cultural classes and events. Not to mention our most recent venture into dance fitness where we hope to promote healthy living for the Ohana. Learn more about MANAIA Ohana

Ho'omālamalama (Hawaiian): to enlighten and brighten.
This site is the home of MANAIA Design & Production + MANAIA Ohana 

MANAIA Ohana is the culture exchange team that travels and performs the songs and legends of Aotearoa, Tahiti and Hawaii. Many of the students are Polynesian descendants who call Mount Rainier and the Puget Sound home. Often an entire ohana (family) will join. When not performing they're either learning or meeting the community at the Puyallup Farmers Market. (They've hosted a DIY booth for 10+ years and enjoy every moment of it.)
With so much to share MDP & MO operates a YouTube channel dedicated to culturally enrich and motivate you we cover...
  • Polynesian Inspired Craft
  • Polynesian Dance
  • Dance Fitness
  • Ohana Time (family fun)
There is also a sister channel, "The Creative Boost" it host tutorials & small biz classes.
​MANAIA Design & Production classes and workshops that intergrade, immerse or reflect on Polynesian culture. Connecting the "mainland" to the islands through the arts by hosting one-of-a-kind workshops and unique pieces that somehow turn into wearable art. Many of these classes are held at Payette's School of Dance and has opened the door to cultural education and diversification.