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Nā Lio started with a deep love and respect for horses and Pā'ū Riding - a riding style unique to the Hawaiian Islands.  Marla Braun-Miller has been riding horses since she was a young girl growing up in Tahiti and it has always been her dream to continue honing her riding skills.  Now in Maui, she has been training horses and riders at her Lahaina Equestrian Facility, Kahalawai Farms & Stables LLC, located on the hillside of Lahaina above Puamana.


In 2006, one of Marla's riding coaches planted the seed of telling the story of the Horse in Hawaii.  As curiosity about this story grew, she discovered how a gift became a beautiful lifestyle and tradition to the Hawaiian People.  But it wasn't until the end of 2013 that a serious commitment was taken to bring this story to life with the help of the horses of Kahalawai Farms & Stables.


There are 3 things that Marla wanted to make sure the show represented:


  1. An authentic culture experience.

  2. Staying true to the history of the horse and the Hawaiian people.

  3. The horses and riders are in harmony with one another.


With the help of her family and friends, Nā Lio Maui was born.


Marla Braun-Miller riding at the 2013 King Kamehameha Day Parade with eight of her friends.

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