Yoga Faculty

Hawaii is their island of choice, Kalani is their home and they will share their love for yoga with you.

Kimberly Dark

Kimberly Dark is a master facilitator who has led groups to awareness and understanding on three continents over the past twenty years. In addition to teaching yoga since 1999, she’s a writer and storyteller whose work has been invited to hundreds of colleges, universities, theatres, festivals and conferences. Through the body and stories, she leads groups to their own skills of peace and cultural transformation. She blogs regularly for Decolonizing Yoga and Ms. Magazine and is also a founding member of the Yoga and Body Image Coalition Leadership Team, in addition to coordinating the Yoga Program at Kalani, one of Hawaii’s largest retreat centers. (Find out about her two annual Yoga and Story retreats at Kalani)

Kimberly uses an Iyengar-style training and more than twenty years experience with diverse yoga practices to challenge and welcome students of every ability and body type. She has taught yoga styles ranging from vinyasa, yin and restorative to prop-assisted hatha yoga for people who don’t feel comfortable in fitness settings due to size, health or anxiety. Her classes encourage personal sovereignty, inner voice and an entitlement to health and vibrancy at all sizes, ages and abilities.


Jared Owen Sam

jaRed Owen Sam is a wisdom-seeking yogi, adventurer, and lomilomi massage therapist based on the Big Island of Hawaii.   He is known for his sweet spirit and soothing guidance on the mat, and offers grounding and energizing flow sequencing in his current vinyasa, yin yoga classes and annual retreats.  

jaRed is co-creator of Hawaii Full Moon Yoga and Hawaii Blue Hands Retreats, and brings over 13 years of teaching experience to assist in peaceful yoga gatherings that feature intuitive body movement with delicious, organic meals and favorite island spot excursions.  Since 2003, he has loved facilitating community through a variety of yoga retreats, and approaches the honor of being your yoga guide with care and enthusiasm.  

In his free time, jaRed may be found enjoying time at the local beach, practicing yoga with friends, and cherishing quality time with his partner Dennis and cat Oliver in their Big Island home.


Alexis Cox

Alexis is a bhakta, celebrating love for the divine that resides within us and the power to transform. She often weaves music and story into her classes. Her background is in Hatha yoga, Vinyasa flow and Restorative. She first studied in the traditional style of teacher-to-student in India. In California, she completed teacher trainings with Govind Das at Bhakti Yoga Shala and at Dancing Shiva Yoga and Ayurveda with Mas Vidal. She has been fortunate to practice with many amazing teachers and continues to grow her studies, as well as those of Ayurveda and Vedic Astrology.

She builds her classes around the core tenets and principles of Yoga, while intuiting a sweet flow that meets her students where they are, allowing them to grow from there. Her goal is to bring people back to breath, the mind-body connection that is yoga, and to create space for students to explore themselves.


Amma Hicks

Amma has been practicing yoga since 2002 and teaching since 2011.  She obtained her teacher training from Jimmy and Ruthie Bernaert at the school "Flowing with Grace" in Waimea, Hawaii.  Amma has extensively trained at this school for five years and earned a total of 355 hours studying Tantric philosophy, asana, anatomy, yoga history, sanskrit, chanting, pranayama, and meditation.  She is currently applying to Physical Therapy school which has required her to take many college level anatomy and physiology classes.  Amma also has 200 observation hours working along side and assisting physical therapists.

She teaches a Hatha yoga class called “Aligned Yoga."  This class is characterized with a steady asana flow and emphasizes body alignment that will support the joints and the natural curves of the spine.  The class is structured to help the student learn about their body by working with Amma to find the variation that works best for them.  In addition, each class has a unique theme which is woven into the asanas so that the student will have a self-reflective experience.


Angela Durso

In 2007 Angela’s experience of yoga was totally transformed when she met Paula Baake, notable student of Baron Baptist and founder of Dancing Mind Yoga in Falls Church, VA.  For the next six years she practiced Baptist Power Vinyasa regularly and took many workshops and retreats to advance her practice and knowledge of yoga. 

In 2012 Angela completed a six month yoga teacher training with Paula Baake followed by twelve more weeks of immersion programs as a teacher apprentice to sharpen her skills. She began teaching at Kalani in 2013.


Caroline Delano

Caroline has been practicing yoga since the mid 1970s and teaching since the early 1980s. During the early 1990s, she lived and taught at the Lama Foundation in Taos, New Mexico and by the mid-90s had opened her own yoga studio in Denver Colorado. She moved to Hawaii in 2009 and began teaching at Kalani. 

Many years of practicing meditation and yoga have brought Caroline a degree of inner peace and this is what she most likes to share in Yin Yoga: the opportunity to experience the sensations of the body, breath and spirit.  With inner focus, we begin to care for ourselves in a deeper way.


Daina Fawn

Daina Fawn teaches dance, yoga, Stott pilates and is the creator of Samadhi Dance Yoga.  She holds a degree in Holistic Ministries and seeks to establish optimum health in clients with her own unique approach to balancing mind, body, and spirit.  After starting her own professional dance company and dance school Charisma at the age of 18, Daina expanded her expertise to Acro, Buddhi and Vinyasa yoga, ultimately creating Samadhi Dance. 

She is passionate about combining yoga and dance and raising kundalini energy through sequencing and moving meditation, leading toward Samadhi, the eighth limb of yoga. In addition to group classes, she offers individual health coaching sessions, private Stott Pilates Reformer sessions, TRX training and yoga.


Ellen Einhorn

Though born and happily raised in Germany, Ellen has been spellbound by the natural beauty of the Big Island which she now calls home.  

In 2005 she was certified as a group fitness instructor, then studied yoga instruction with Darren Main from San Francisco, followed by Pilates training and a second Group Fitness certification in 2007. In 2009 the Yoga Teacher Training with Baptiste Power Yoga and in 2012 a 500 hour Yoga Teacher Training with Cloud Nine Yoga from L.A helped her to deepen her appreciation and understanding of yoga. 

Ellen loves shifting energy through movement and breath and inspiring others to have fun doing the same.


Marika Ripke

Marika has been practicing yoga for 20 years, and teaching for five. She is Yoga Alliance certified in Hatha and Vinyasa Flow, and has experience guiding restorative and post-natal yoga.

Dancing and music have been influential in Marika’s life for as long as she can remember. She is an experienced ecstatic dancer and currently teaches Kama Dance Yoga classes. In Sanskrit “Kama” refers to love, joy, pleasure, and connection; and these qualities are emphasized in Marika’s classes.

Pranyama (breathwork) is also an integral part of Marika’s classes to help stay present, increase energy, and move energy through the body. 

Surfing is another of Marika’s great passions. She has been surfing since she moved to Hawaii in 2003. Her other forays in the moving and healing arts include Reiki, Hawaiian Holistic Healing, plant medicines, lomi-lomi, Qi Gong, African dance, drumming, and Danyasa. Marika is also a devoted mother, freelance grant and travel writer, and professional photographer.


Maura Starr Garland

As a yogi, dancer and DJ, Maura Starr gives the gift of movement, flow, and music.  She is certified by Yoga Alliance training in the following aspects of hatha yoga: Astanga 200hr, Vinyasa 200h, Universal 100hr, Yin 100hr, and Radiant Child Yoga 75hr.  This training is enhanced by 13 years of dedicated meditation practice. 

She has taught private yoga to elders and adults, along side regularly scheduled classes for a decade.  She began teaching teens yoga three years ago and is on the path to receive training in Yoga Therapy.


Maxwell Starkhouse

Maxwell was first introduced to yoga by his mom when he was 10yrs. old. He then received a private yoga class as a gift for his 19th birthday, which had a profound impact on his life.  Shortly after he moved to Hawaii and began practicing yoga on a regular basis.  Maxwell received his Yoga Teacher Training certificate at Kalani in 2003.  He then went on to study many different styles with teachers from around the world.  Maxwell has been teaching Yoga since 2004.  He also created an Intuitive Aquatic Movement class in 2009. 

Maxwell’s classes are suitable for all ages and body types; his approach is intuitive as he creates a space for deeper awareness and healing.  Maxwell believes that we all have the ability to heal ourselves by listening to the wisdom of our bodies.  He teaches weekly classes and workshops at Kalani Honua on the Big Island of Hawaii.


Will Donnelly

Will Donnelly is a nationally recognized, certified yoga teacher and writer. He has been a true pioneer in the field of yoga, and co-created/co-hosted the yoga–reality series Guru2Go, which debuted on fitTV, part of the Discovery family of channels (2004). Currently, Will partners with to offer his insightful blog “Confessions of an Accidental Yogi.”

Will’s popular, ongoing classes and retreats are described as “powerful, fun and deeply transformative,” taking students on an inner journey like few others. His signature Practical Yoga offers students of all shapes/sizes an approachable, invigorating workout that also profoundly uplifts & heals. You’ll get in shape quickly & tap into your true power. Beginners/all levels welcomed.

With 20+ years experience practicing/teaching yoga & meditation, Will is yoga-alliance certified (400+ hours), both through the Kundalini Research Institute™(KRI), having trained and taught at the renowned Golden Bridge in Los Angeles, as well as through YogaWorks™. Visit