In 2005, Kuʻialuaopuna was established under the guidance, blessing and authority of

ʻŌlohe Lua Kukui Richard Kekumuikawaiokeola Paglinawan, ʻŌlohe Lua Moses Elwood Kalauokalani, and ʻŌlohe Haka Noelani Kanoho Mahoe.


Kuʻialuaopuna is a private group dedicated to preserving the ancient Hawaiian fighting art of Lua.


Established in 2005 in the land of Puna, Hawaiʻi. Our Mission is to promote and preserve cultural and traditional knowledge through the use and practice of our indigenous fighting arts.

Community Projects

Throughout the years, Kuʻialuaopuna has and continues to collaborated with various organizations, such as Nā Maka Hāloa, Taputapuatea in Tahiti, Kūkulu Kumuhana o Puna, The Edith Kanakaʻole Foundation, Kapukini Foundation, Paepae o Heʻeia, Kamehameha Schools, Hui Mālama i ke Ala 'Ūlili, and other organizations.

We look forward to working with our community and working together with you.  Please, contact us to discuss potential opportunities.

Mālama Pohoiki Project

Ku‘ialuaopuna participates to build a traditional stone wall along with the community.


Mahi 'ai Kalo

Ku‘ialuaopuna shares customs in kalo cultivation, maintenance, harvesting and food sustenance.

Kūkulu Kumuhana o Puna in Waipi'o

Ku‘ialuaopuna provides educational support for childrenʻs programs.


Lawai‘a Practices of Puna


Ku‘ialuaopuna shares knowledge and learning spaces of traditional fishing practices in Puna with children and ‘ohana (family). Pictured to the left is a keiki (child) building her Hawaiian fishing canoe model.

A keiki of Puna , learning about ocean resources and having fun!


Ku‘ialuaopuna honors our kūpuna of today by working with our community, providing a space for kūpuna to bring cultural awareness of our past.


Hui Mālama i ke Ala ‘Ūlili (huiMAU)

Ku‘ialuaopuna participates in the maintenance, restoration, and preservation of Hawai‘i's native forest ecosystem.