Michi is a self-taught artist living on the north shore of Kauai. Although she has no formal art training, art has been a major force in her life since early childhood. Graffiti and street art are the roots that formed a lifelong love of artistic expression, and the backbone to her defining style and clean lines. Her bright color palate might be attributed to her having synesthesia, a neurological condition in which one sensory perception is simultaneously perceived by another sense, such as being able to taste color, hear color, or feel color. Synesthesia literally means 'to perceive together.'
When she's not painting, Micha is a competitive freediver, and is currently on the U.S. National Freedive Team and will be representing the USA at the freediving world championships in Greece this year. On most days you can find her in the ocean training for freediving, rock running, surfing or swimming.
She is also passionate about ocean conservation, and uses her art to raise awareness about the impact humans have on marine life. She has donated art and worked with environmental organizations such as Sea Shepard and the Surfrider Foundation.
retreat groups. The ladies in the group all listened intently, some smiled, some cried and all were so captivated by her message, that they wanted to continue this beautiful “Spirit of Aloha” shared so sincerely by Lahela.
This was the birth of a vision to share Aloha and it begins with their first book “Aloha” - What it means to my Ohana and Yours.
We hope you support us in sharing this peaceful message with the world.
Lahela Chandler Correa was born and raised on the island of Kaua’i in the Wainiha Valley. Where they farmed Kalo (Taro) to provide for their ohana and the community.
Her parents Francis Sr. and Kapeka Chandler were born and raised in Ha’ena and came from large ohana’s (families). Her immediate family consists of 10 brothers, 5 sisters and one half-sister; she is number 13 of all my siblings.
Both of her parents were great examples of Aloha. They showed Aloha by living it every day. They were taught that Aloha was taking care of your family, being kind to everyone, being helpful, being honest, always setting a good example, working hard, doing your best, keeping their name good and always respecting your elders.
As Lahela so eloquently states;
“Aloha is not just a word, it has a deeper meaning that is endless. Like all things in life if not passed down and taught, it will be forgotten.
Aloha is a way of life that was taught for generations to our people. This is who we are, we live it, we breath it every day of our lives. This is how the first foreigners were greeted when they came here. Aloha means that when we meet someone they are greeted with utmost kindness. When we offer to do something, nothing is expected in return and when we share we give freely.
It doesn’t matter if you are white, black, blue or green, I believe we all have Aloha.
Aloha is considered the gift of the Hawaiian people to the world. Learn and share Aloha today.”
Lahela Chandler Correa and Ann Hettinger, the founders of Aloha Publishing Hawaii and Aloha Movement Kauai, are two women from very different backgrounds, culturally, racially and geographically. Lahela born and raised on Kauai and Ann born and raised in the Midwest.
Lahela is the Visitor Program Manager at Limahuli Gardens and Ann runs women’s adventure retreats, both on the island of Kauai.
Lahela’s upbringing in the spirit of Aloha and Ann’s desire to create a better world for her grandchildren was a match made in heaven. Lahela is Ann’s friend and teacher, sharing her knowledge, spirit and Love of Aloha to inspire and help those around her. Ann recognized Lahela’s special gift when Lahela shared her story and lessons of Aloha with Ann’s adventure
Lahela’s lineage stretches across and touches many islands.
Her father Francis’s genealogy comes from Maui and Kauaʻi. His ancestors, the Kanialamas, were the genealogists and attendants to Queen Emma and her family. The families were one of the early migrators from Tahiti and whose offspring eventually settled on Kauaʻi and set roots in Kahili near Kīlauea, Kauaʻi.
Her Mother Elizabeth comes from the Mahuiki and ʻĪlālāʻole lines from Hāʻena, Kauaʻi and Puna on Hawaiʻi Island respectively. The Mahuiki Family is famous for their knowledge of fishing in the Hāʻena area.
The ʻĪlālāʻoles are from Puna and are descendants of Kamehameha I.
Michelle Marsh aka “Michi”
Over the past 20 years, Ann Hettinger has been a running coach for kids and adults and a women’s adventure guide. Her love for sports and for helping kids and adults reach their own potential has always been a challenge and privilege.
Her entrepreneurial spirit has always driven her to follow her heart and her passion from the mountains of Colorado to the oceans of Kauai.
It is through her friend and mentor Lahela Correa Chandler, she learned the meaning of Aloha and continues to learn and be reminded on a daily basis of the simple but powerful meaning of this word. As Ann puts it “The word Aloha grounds me; it reminds me of the person I strive to be.”
Her love for writing has always been a creative outlet. She has taken many writing classes over the years and has written numerous essays and pieces relating to social issues; from violent video games and its effect on children, to health, organics and spiritual beliefs. She truly believes every person can make a difference.
It is Ann’s honor to help and support Lahela to share the message of Aloha with the world and to hopefully create a better place for her children, 7 grandchildren and all future generations to come.