CEO / Co-Founder
Nāʻālehu is a native of Kaʻaʻawa and the owner of Palikū Documentary Films, a production company that concentrates on documentaries and oral histories with a special focus on Hawaiʻi and it’s people. He has a background in both the film industry and the Hawaiian community. He is a graduate of the Kamehameha Schools and received a B.A. in Hawaiian Studies from the University of Hawaii at Mānoa as well as a M.B.A. from the University of Hawaii’s Shidler College of Business. Nāʻālehu enjoys sailing in his free time and has earned his role as a captain for the traditional sailing canoe Hōkūleʻa. In 2010, he premiered this full-length documentary “Papa Mau: The Wayfinder” about master navigator Mau Piailug from Micronesia and his contributions to the modern history and identity of people of the Pacific. Papa Mau: The Wayfinder has been screened at film festivals around the world.