Where is your hometown?
Porirua, New Zealand (Aotearoa)
How long have you been dancing?
Around 4 years.
What are three interesting or little-known facts about you?
I like sewing (but I'm not that good)
I love eating (pretty well-known)
And I love and always will love...TWILIGHT
What's your favorite thing about living in Hawaii?
The beautiful mountain ranges truly take my breath away, especially Ko'olau loa
What are you studying in college and what are your plans after graduation?
I'm studying Exercise and Sports Science, hoping to one day become a police officer in Aotearoa
If you were asked to show someone around the island who has never been here before, what are three places you would take them?
Papa Ole's, gotta get 'em the kalbi ribs
Leonard's Bakery for some malasadas (Portuguese donuts)
Kahuku food trucks
Hahaha all involves food (typical)
What is one of your short-term goals?
Graduate in December
And one of your long-term goals?
Have some keiki (children)
One of Ring of Fire’s “Guiding Principles” is to spread a message of Love. What’s an example of how we can share that message with our audiences?
Dancing is one of my passions that help me to express my love for what I do. Performing with Ring of Fire gives me that opportunity to share that love with everyone else and to help them feel that special Aloha spirit that exists here in Hawaii.
Photo: The Art of Carlos Mozo
We just cannot wait for you to meet our wonderful performers! We are so fortunate to have the opportunity to work with such an incredible group of talented individuals and we know you will love them as much as we do!
Three words you would use to describe your role in the company?
Dancer, friend, learner.
Favorite part about working for Ring Of Fire?
I love being able to express myself through dancing. Being part Hawaiian, dancing hula is a huge part of my culture and I love it so much. I also have a passion for Tahitian dancing as well, and am grateful that I get to dance both here and continue to learn at Ring of Fire. And of course, I love the people I dance with here at Ring of Fire! We’re all like a family!
What does it mean to you to be a leader in the hospitality & tourism industry…
The best way to lead is by example. You should work to exemplify the values that you believe create a great leader, such as integrity, respect, responsibility, accountability, resiliency, etc. As you do this you will become a leader that inspires those you have stewardship over and will be well respected in your role.
As a team:
Communication as well as understanding is essential in being a good leader in a team. Working to understand everyone’s personalities, needs, and ways of communication is important when being in a team. Building a relationship of trust and mutual respect is key too.
Where’s your hometown?
What are you currently studying and what are your plans after graduation?
I have a Bachelor’s degree in business, and now am currently in Culinary School. Maybe one day I’ll open my own restaurant!
What’s one of your greatest accomplishments?
I served as a missionary for 18 months for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Salt Lake City, Utah at Temple Square as well as in Mesa, Arizona. It was hard work but I love the Lord and am so grateful for the experiences He gave me there.
Favorite activity on your days off?
The best advice you’ve ever been given / or your favorite quote?
“Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile.” –Albert Einstein
Three interesting facts about you?
1) I love cooking but am possibly the pickiest person on earth
2) I’ve never cut myself shaving (I think that’s pretty impressive haha)
3) I had 12 teeth pulled when I was a kid, just too many big teeth in my mouth!
Your top 5 recommendations for must-see places or must-do activities for folks visiting Hawaii?
Not in any particular order:
2) Ring of Fire luau show (duh!)
3) Kuliou’ou Ridge Hike
4) Makapuu Beach
Photo: The Art of Carlos Mozo
Where are you from?
I am actually from Oakland California but my dad is from Samoa and we moved to Hawaii when I was younger.
How long have you been a fireknife dancer?
About 13 years altogether. Professionally, maybe about 11 years. The first few years were spent practicing and learning it.
What was it about fireknife that made you want to learn?
I watched a very good fire dancer Peter Whitney dance at paradise cove. I had to catch his knife for work and I got to watch it up close. It was the first time I ever saw it in life and I was blown away. Never lost the desire to learn it from that day until now -- I'm still eager to spin every day.
You've danced for several different shows in Waikiki, as well as luaus and destination weddings. What is your favorite part about performing?
My favorite part about performing is sharing my craft with others. I love to dance. All the preparation and work that goes into it and it feels good to share it with another person.
How did you get your nickname "Chief Tui"?
Once I reached a certain skill level where I was known for doing it well people just started calling me “Chief”. Before, it was just “Tui”.
Did you play any sports in college?
I played football at UH. I was a running back and also played special teams. Very enjoyable experience that I am thankful for.
What's your favorite thing to do when you're not at work?
When I'm not at work I like to work out. I love the feeling of putting in work it really is my favorite thing to do. Aside from that …listening to music and writing music is something I enjoy spending time on.
Describe a time someone made you feel inspired
I think when I saw Hale [Motuapuaka] dance last it made me want to get better at it and I was inspired to do more.
If you were to play Tour Guide for one day, what are 3 places on Oahu you would you take your group?
I would take them to Kaena Point since I'm from the West side. Jackass Ginger Pool, the cold water fall is a great place to go and have fun. Also Lanikai –I think that's the best beach here on the island to take someone.
One of Ring Of Fire's core values is "Unity". What is one way that you can cultivate unity and share that experience with others?
I think unity can be expressed toward a collective goal like how we dance. We gain the unity as we work at it together and through performing, rehearsing and conversing with each other on how to make it better and more entertaining. I feel we bond when we crest on the spot and work to make a better presentation.
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