Noah Keola Ryan

North Shore Eco Tours / Noah Keola Ryan

Keola is a Native Hawaiian born and raised on O’ahu (Oahu).  Even though his Hawaiian ancestry descends from Ka’ū & Kona on Hawai’i Island, his grandmother, Elsie Liko Hummel (AhNee), was born in Hale’iwa, O’ahu (Oahu).  As a child, Keola had developed an affection for Hawaiian culture and the outdoors.  He grew up hiking, surfing, spear diving, canoe paddling, and camping.  As demonstrated through his achievements in the Boy Scouting program (Eagle Scout, merit badge counselor, etc.), Keolaʻs love for nature is also matched by his outdoor abilities and skills.

Keola is a graduate of Kamehameha Schools, a private school for Hawaiian children.  He also has a Bachelor’s of Arts and Masterʻs Degree in Hawaiian Studies specializing in mālama ʻāina (Hawaiian natural environment) and kumu kahiki (comparative Polynesian studies).  Eager to share his love for Hawaiʻi, Keola has been involved in numerous Hawaiian educational programs throughout the years.  He has since taught Hawaiian studies, culture, and history to students ranging from primary age children to college adults.  Most recently, he has taught at Kamakakūokalani Center for Hawaiian Studies, at the University of Hawai’i Mānoa.

It was Keolaʻs deep passion for cultural understanding however, that brought him to discover one of his true joys: Hula.  Hula has been his constant connection to Hawaiian cultural traditions.  It has provided him with a solid Hawaiian identity and a special connection to his natural surroundings.   As a hula practitioner, Keola has been privileged to participate in a variety of performances, workshops, and competitions ranging from the Hawaiian Islands to the South Pacific, the continental U.S., and several foreign countries.  Gaining from every experience, Keola remains eternally grateful to his kumu hula (hula teacher), kūpuna (elders, ancestors), and hula itself.

If there is anything that gives Keola joy, it is sharing his Aloha for Hawaiʻi with others.  Therefore, if you’re ever visiting Oʻahu (Oahu) make sure to stop by North Shore EcoTours and “talk stories”!

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