Aulani Young began studing hula at a young age with one of the first hula masters Kaui Zuttermeister, and then went on to study with Mary Keolalaulani McCabe. During this time she was honored as the 2nd Miss Aloha Hula, the top female soloist honors in the Merrie Monarch competition. Aulani had then received her palapala of Kumu Hula and had moved on to opening her 1st halau with her sister named Kahealani Hula Studio. She had taught for 20 years under Kahealani and relocated to the Island of Hawaii for the past 21 years and branched to her own hula halau with Aulani's Hula Halau.
Her halau has since competed in many hula competitions such as the Merrie Monarch, Queen Liliuokalani Keiki Hula, The Moku O Keawe hula competition on the Big Island and the Hula Palua. Her students of all ages from her Waikoloa halau have taken home many awards from many competitions.
A graduate of Castle High School in Kaneohe, Aulani has worked with many performers in Waikiki, Japan, Tahiti and in the U.S. Many of her venues have been with Palani Vaghn, Brothers Cazimero, Aunty Genoa Keawe, Kodak Hula Show, Aunty Pudgie Yound and much more.
Today Aulani shares leadership with her daughter, Kumu Hula Kiiwaikapu Hoapili, one of many whom Aulani has influenced. Kiiwaikapu has studied hula under her mother and Aunty Aloha Dalire. As a dancer of Keolalaulani halau o'lapa o laka she has participated in the Merrie Monarch for many years. As the former Miss Tahiti Hawaii 1992 Kiiwaikapu enjoys hula and polynesian dancing. She has also danced at many venues such as Hula Hut, Tihati's, Kodak Hula Show and more. Aulani and Kiiwaikapu share their love and passion for the hula to all their students with this message "Hula is the expression of ones innermost feeling"