Noelani Anela Citlali

Noelani: A Melodic Voyage Through Pasifika

Aloha kakou! I am Noelani, affectionately known to many as Noe, a proud embodiment of Kānaka Maoli and Chicanx heritage. As a performance artist and writer whose spirit dances to the rhythm of the islands, I have been cradled by the vibrant culture of Hawai’i, despite being born and raised in the bustling oasis of Las Vegas, Nevada—the 9th Island.

The journey of my artistry and identity took a significant turn when I ventured to the ancestral lands of the Dxw’Dəw?Abš (Duwamish) and Coast Salish peoples, also known as Seattle. In this city of innovation and natural splendor, I immersed myself in the world of Music Theatre at Cornish College of the Arts. The rigorous training, coupled with my fervent dedication, culminated in the spring when I proudly donned the cap and gown to receive my Bachelor of Fine Arts—a testament to years of perseverance and growth.

Joining the Daybreak Star Radio team as an intern has been a serendipitous chapter in my voyage. Here, I have found a kinship and a platform that allows me to merge my twin loves: music and the rich tapestry of native cultures. It is with immense gratitude and excitement that I host “Navigating Pasifika“—an auditory expedition that will take us across the majestic and diverse musical landscapes of Oceania’s Indigenous peoples. This show is more than a presentation of music; it is a celebration of connection, history, and the pulsating heartbeat of our Pacific relatives.

As we traverse the waves of sound together, I invite you to join me every Saturday for Navigating Pasifika at 4pm PST / 7pm EST in this exploration, to delve into the depths of our shared heritage, and to experience the stories our music tells. You can be part of this journey and our ever-growing community by following my voyage on Instagram @sweetnoeee.

Mahalo nui loa for your support and listenership. May the music of Pasifika guide us to new understandings and shared joy.

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