Production Cast

E Ho‘omau! Production Cast Bios
(In alphabetical order)

Pono Auld

Voice of Ikaika
Why Māui Snared the Sun

Bio unavailable


Miki Cachola

Voice of Hina
Why Māui Snared the Sun

Ms. Miki Cachola is a 1996 graduate of Kamehameha Schools and received her bachelor’s degree in public administration from the University of Hawai‘i-West O‘ahu in 2001. She worked for PREL’s Nā Hoa Ho‘ōla project from 2001–2008, which developed the Ho‘oikaika Kino curriculum for Hawai‘i’s elementary-aged children.
Following a position with the ‘Aha Pūnana Leo, an organization dedicated to preserving the Hawaiian language, as a preschool site coordinator, Ms. Cachola recently joined the Hālawa Luluku Interpretive Development project at the Office of Hawaiian Affairs as the Project Assistant.


Mālie K. Goodhue

Voice of Pele
Pele Searches for a Home

Bio unavailable


Wil Kahele

Voice of Birdcatcher #1
The Menehune and the Birds

Mr. Wil Kahele is a local fixture on the Honolulu stage. Mr. Kahele has a good deal of acting experience to his credit as well as work in films, including The Ride, Silent Years, and The Sand Island Drive-in Anthem. He has directed for Kumu Kahua Theatre, including co-directing, with Harry Wong, the 2007 revival of Alani Apio’s Kāmau, which was also featured at the 2008 Pacific Arts Festival in Sāmoa. Mr. Kahele recently directed Māui the Demigod in 2010.


Keiki‘oewa Ka‘ōpua

Voice of Menehune Warriors
The Menehune and the Birds
Voice of Kamohoali‘i
Pele Searches for a Home

Mr. Keikio‘ewa Ka‘ōpua is a Hawaiian Culture Specialist for Kamehameha Schools. The E Ho‘omau! production staff was honored and pleased that, through a collaborative arrangement, Mr. Ka‘ōpua was able to work with them on the E Ho‘omau! project as Cultural Consultant. In addition to these duties Mr. Ka‘ōpua played the role of Kamohoali‘i, the shark god, in Pele Searches for a Home.


Kaipo'i Kelling

Voice of Lonomakua
Pele Searches for a Home

Mr. Kaipo’i Kelling is an elementary school teacher at Kawaiaha’o Church School. He is currently teaching and planting taro in Ko’olaupoko. He is a graduate of Waimea High School on Kaua’i and he has a Hawaiian Language degree from Mānoa, and an Education degree from Chaminade University.


Kalehuakea Kelling

Voice of Young Pele
Pele Searches for a Home

Kalehua Kelling is a fifth grader at Kawaiaha‘o Church School. She loves to dance hula and practice karate in her spare time. She also loves to read books; her favorite series to read is The Hunger Games by Susan Collins. Kalehuakea also loves to eat pancakes and bacon for breakfast.


Duke Kenney

Voice of Kunane
The Menehune and the Birds
Pele Searches for a Home

Duke Makana Kenney is 10 years old and attends Hanahau‘oli School. He is the grandson of legendary Hawaiian entertainers Ed Kenney, Jr. and Beverly Noa. Duke and his sister, Celia, were recently cast as principals in a Capital One™ commercial, with which he earned his Screen Actors Guild eligibility. You can also catch Duke in the movie You May Not Kiss the Bride, dancing with Katharine McPhee (of American Idol—Season 5 “fame”) and in Hawai‘i Five-O, season 1, episode 5. He enjoys skateboarding, fishing, singing, cooking, joking, pounding poi, Tae Kwon Do, Jiu Jitsu, waveboarding, surfing, skim boarding, playing golf, tennis, and guitar. He has shown great skill in arm farting and burping on demand. Duke is proud to be a part of the Menehune cast.


Carlson Kamaka Kukona III

Voice of The Menehune Chief
The Menehune and the Birds

Bio unavailable


Bryson Luke

Voice of Birdcatcher #2
The Menehune and the Birds

Mr. Bryson Luke is a recent graduate of the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, and is also a Kamehameha Schools alumnus. He worked on the E Ho‘omau! project as a designer/animator, where his talents helped to bring to life three classic Hawaiian stories. Mr. Luke started out as an intern on the JUMP Into Reading for Meaning (JUMP) project, which produced the Cosmos Chaos! ™ video game. In addition to his regular duties as a PREL staff member on E Ho‘omau!, Mr. Luke also lent his voice as one of the reckless bird catchers in The Menehune and the Birds.


Kaleilehua Maioho

Voice of Nāmaka
Pele Searches for a Home

Ms. Kaleilehua (Gina) Maioho graduated from Kamehameha Schools and then attended the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa where she received her BA in Hawaiian Studies with an emphasis in Language. She worked for Pūnana Leo o Kawaiaha‘o and then moved to New Zealand, where she attended graduate school at the University of Auckland in Maori Studies. She is currently working for Hālau Ku Mana as a Hawaiian Language teacher (6 years). She dances for Hula Hālau o Kamuela and tours with the group, Mana Maoli.


Gisella-Marie Man

Voice of Kawena
Pele Searches for a Home

Gisella Man from Waipahu, Hawai‘i, is a 4th grade student at Jefferson Elementary. Gisella enjoys swimming and playing games and sports with her younger sister and cousins. Gisella’s role as Kawena was a unique experience for her as this was not only her first role but the first time she has auditioned for an animated film. Gisella was able to use her imagination to pretend she was sitting with Auntie while she recorded her lines. If given the opportunity, Gisella would be very excited to reprise her role as Kawena.


Kalae Kauhi Maunakea-Forth

Voice of Māui
Why Māui Snared the Sun
Voice of Birdcatcher #3
The Menehune and the Birds

Kalae-Kauhi “Uhi” was born and raised in the Wai‘anae Coast. Uhi aspires to perpetuate the Hawaiian culture through his love for the land in any way possible. He learned this at an early age from his parents, who co-founded the Ma‘o Organic Fruits and Vegetables in Wai‘anae. He is a cultural practitioner in the ancient art of taro pounding and is one of the few who can legally sell Pa‘i‘ai in Hawai‘i. Uhi’s first projects as a voice actor include E Ho‘omau!: Why Māui Snared the Sun, where he stars as Māui the Demi god and E Ho‘omau!: The Menehune and the Birds, where he plays the youngest of three reckless bird catchers.


Jolei Akima Mayo

Voice of Lehua
Why Māui Snared the Sun
The Menehune and the Birds
Pele Searches for a Home

Jolei Akima Mayo is a 4th grade student at Kamehameha Schools. She is a member of the Kamehameha Swim Club and Elementary School Orchestra. Jolei enjoys volleyball, cheering and dancing. The E Ho‘omau! films were Jolei’s first experience in production. When she was cast as Lehua, she thought it was funny because Lehua resembled someone quite close to her.


Angela Morales

Voice of Haumea
Pele Searches for a Home

Ms. Angela Morales is 1/3 of the musical group Na Leo Pilimehana.  Currently she is a cast member at Aulani, a Disney Resort and Spa as “Aunty” and is also a Vocal Instructor at Na Maka O Pu’uwai Aloha Hula and Performing Arts Studio.   In her spare time she home schools her youngest child and spends as much time as possible with her grandson.  “I am very honored and proud to be part of this project, Mahalo!”


Brandon Pave

Voice of Kehau
The Menehune and the Birds

Brandon Tiny Keanu Pave is 9 years old and was last seen onstage in the musical Bugsy Malone in which he played the role of Baby Face. Other stage credits include Miss Saigon, The Wiz, Oliver!, Children of Eden, and, The King & I, starring Richard Chamberlain. He has done numerous print ads, voiceovers, and television commercials for clients, including WalMart, Hawaiian Airlines, and Oceanic Time Warner Cable. Brandon had the honor of being cast in last season’s pilot episode of Hawaii Five-O, and can currently be seen in the American Savings Bank commercial at ATMs island-wide.


Marlene Sai

Voice of Auntie
Why Māui Snared the Sun
The Menehune and the Birds
Pele Searches for a Home

A 52-year veteran of the entertainment industry, Ms. Marlene Sai has headlined major showrooms in Hawai‘i, on the continental U.S., in Europe, and Japan.

An accomplished actress, Ms. Sai portrayed Hawai‘i’s Queen Lili‘uokalani in an award-winning, one-actress play entitled, Hear Me, ‘O My People in Hawai‘i. The play was also performed in 1987 for members of the U.S. Congress at the world-renowned Folger Shakespeare Theatre in Washington, D.C. In 1990, Ms. Sai formed a nonprofit organization, the Kukui Foundation. Its primary project was a PBS docu-drama film entitled, Betrayal. Ms. Sai portrayed Lili‘uokalani, revealing the history of the overthrow of Hawai‘i’s monarchy. The film premiered in Hawai‘i on January 17, 1993, on the 100th anniversary of the overthrow.

Marlene’s first album recording of the title song Kainoa credits her with her first signature song. Other beautiful songs she’s identified with are favorites: Waikiki, written by her uncle Andy Kealoha Cummings, and the all-time standard, I Love You, written by friend and colleague Teddy Randazzo. She has recorded numerous songs, and continues to enjoy music, singing and stage performances.

Besides radio and television commercial work, Ms. Sai has appeared in numerous theatricals (i.e., Side by Side by Sondheim, Hawai‘i, Thank Heaven for the Heathen, etc.), and television supporting role in “Kapu” Magnum P.I. In the summer season of 2007, Ms. Sai costarred as Bloody Mary in Hawai‘i Opera Theatre’s musical production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s South Pacific at the Blaisdell Concert Hall. In May 2008, she performed in concert at the acclaimed Carnegie Hall in New York City.

In 1986, Ms. Sai received the Na Hoku Hanohano Award for Female Vocalist of the Year from the Hawai‘i Academy of Recording Arts, and in 1987, the Po‘okela Award from the Hawai‘i State Theatre Council for her solo performance in the stage production of Hear Me O My People. She is a recipient of the Hawai‘i Academy of Recording Arts’ Na Hoku Hanohano 2004 Lifetime Achievement Award for her accomplishments in music and recordings. In September 2007, Ms. Sai was inducted into the Hawaiian Music Hall of Fame by the Hawaiian Music Foundation.

She is the owner of Mikihala, L.L.C., a production and recording company focusing on all media forms of the entertainment industry. Ms. Sai is the proud mother of two daughters and three grandchildren.


Chad Makoto Kaleo Takatsugi

Voice of Kalā
Why Māui Snared the Sun

Mr. Chad Makoto Kaleo Takatsugi is quite comfortable in a recording studio. Mr. Makoto Kaleo’s first passion is Hawaiian mele, and he has recorded multiple original Hawaiian music albums with his award-winning group, ʻAleʻa. More recently, he has initiated the research and preproduction phases of a new recording project with his new group, Welo.

When he’s not recording or performing Hawaiian music, Mr. Makato Kaleo works in the New Media Division at Kamehameha Schools in Honolulu and has established himself in the local voiceover industry lending his warm, local baritone to several statewide marketing campaigns.


Tumanako Te‘i

Voice of Kaimi
Why Māui Snared the Sun
The Menehune and the Birds

Mr. Tumanako Te‘i is a freshman at Moanalua High School, where he plays on Na Menehune Junior Varsity Football Team. Mr. Te‘i played young Cain in Army Community Theater’s production of Children of Eden. His name means hope in the Maori language of his mother, and Mr. Te‘i is learning the Samoan language of his father as a student of Le Fetuao Samoan Language School. He is proud of his Polynesian roots and is honored to have been a part of the E Ho‘omau! project.


Analei Turnbull

Voice of ‘Elepaio
The Menehune and the Bird

Analei Turnbull is a 4th grade homeschooled student who enjoys math, dancing, and reading. One of her favorite things to do is talk, so she was thrilled to give a voice to the ‘elepaio bird in E Ho‘omau! At 5 she began acting in musical theatre. Her film, TV, and commercial experience includes Hawai‘i International Film Festival’s 30th Anniversary Trailer and Hawai‘i Five-O. She thanks her parents for driving her everywhere.


Māhie Yadao

Voice of Kanoe
Pele Searches for a Home

Bio unavailable