First Voices Radio

07/03/22 - Tanya Mailelani Naehu

July 08, 2022 Tiokasin Ghosthorse
First Voices Radio
07/03/22 - Tanya Mailelani Naehu
Show Notes

Tanya Mailelani Naehu is an educator, performer, artist, community organizer, and activist of Aloha 'Āina from the island of Moloka'i, Hawaiʻi. Stemming from a very diverse multi-racial genealogy, she is Boricua being of African, Taino and Spanish descent as well as Kanaka Maoli, Portuguese and Chinese. As co-founder of Ka Hale Hoaka, an online school of Hawaiian knowledge, her teachings are grounded in Indigenous philosophies and practices such as mo'olelo, ʻōlelo Hawai'i, hula and oli.

Ka Hale Hoaka's online curriculum has enabled Hawaiian schools to break away from a Eurocentric curriculum developed on the mainland and provide students of all ages with the ability to learn sciences, social studies, language arts, fine arts and more through an indigenous cultural lens.

Using the online learning platform Thinkific, Kumu Maile has been able to create an easy-to-use, interactive learning experience that's accessible to any person or school across Hawaiʻi and the world. More information about Maile's work can be found at:, molokainuiahinaproject on Facebook, and

Production Credits:
Tiokasin Ghosthorse (Lakota), Host and Executive Producer
Liz Hill (Red Lake Ojibwe), Producer
Malcolm Burn, Studio Engineer, Radio Kingston, WKNY 1490 AM and 107.9 FM, Kingston, NY
Tiokasin Ghosthorse, Audio Editor

Music Selections:
1. Song Title: Tahi Roots Mix (First Voices Radio Theme Song)
Artist: Moana and the Moa Hunters
Album: Tahi (1993)
Label: Southside Records (Australia and New Zealand)

2. Song Title: The Barber's Guitar
Artist: Jimmy Thackerey and The Drivers
Album: Spare Keys (2016)
Label: Rio Blanco Records

3. Song Title: Caravan of Fools
Artist: John Prine
Album: The Tree of Forgiveness (2018)
Label: Oh Boy Records

4. Song Title: Amen
Artist: Enigma
Album: The Fall of a Rebel Angel (2016)
Label: Republic Records

5. Song Title: Ship of Fools
Artist: World Party
Album: Private Revolution (1986)
Label: Chrysallis

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