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Karen has always had a passion for healthy growing hair. She is also a Polynesian dance instructor/performer, Festival Promoter and CEO of Tropical Polynesian Productions, LLC, and West Valley Island Cultural Festival, LLC.

 

She designs knitwear for people and dogs, check out her designs on: Sugar K Designs and Doggie Knits. She is also a licensed Nail Technician.

 

She has served the community as a volunteer through the Americorps program. She has worked in poverty stricken areas, assisting families in need, and working in the K-8 schools. She created programs for the school kids, such as: Career day, Vocational school day, College day, Entrepreneurship day, to let the children know that there are different pathways to success. She organized a Polynesian educational dance program for them. Her friends from Providence, RI (Napua O’Polynesia) flew to Arizona to help her with it.  She was able to get donations from local businesses to give the children the experience of being on a tropical island. They also participated in a fundraiser for the Relay for Life Luau (a community based fundraising event of the American Cancer Society).

 

She has also performed for Gilda's Club (a community organization for people living with cancer, their families and friends), and Susan B. Komen Race for the Cure, as well as other venues.

 

She currently teaches the Hula at the Arrowhead Montessori in Peoria, AZ, to the preschoolers instilling in them the cultural values at an early age.

 

Kalena describes her family heritage as a melting pot, her grandparents are Blackfeet Indian, Asian, European, Pacific Islander, and African American.  She has always said that her family has every color in the rainbow.