Lehuanani DeFranco is a Brooklyn-based dancer and Native Hawaiian activist for indigenous and environmental rights. Her dance is often based upon restructured syntax and semantics from verse. She is currently applying this method to explore the relationship between movement scores and ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi. Lehuanani graduated Cum Laude from Skidmore College with a B.A. double major in History and Dance and received an M.F.A in Dance from NYU Tisch School of the Arts. She works with Translucent Borders and Roadwork Center — both merge arts with activism. Lehuanani performs with Te Ao Mana and has danced with I Moving Lab, Ensemble ACJW, and The New York City Ballet.