Kumu Hula, Fashion Designer

Carrington Manaola Yap is a native Hawaiian fashion designer from Kohala, Hawaiʻi. Inspired by his cultural upbringing as a life-long hula practitioner, he translates Hawaiian spirituality and Hawaiʻi’s unique beauty into prints that embody repetitious patterns in nature. Born into a family of award-winning hula practitioners and musicians, Yap learned costume design, research and styling from his mother, kumu hula and musician Nani Lim Yap through his studies in hālau. This hula foundation provided him with a platform to develop interests in textile and design, translating his talents into performance art. As a choreographer for Halau Manaola, Yap continues to carry on his legacy past down from his family.