Michelle Manu is considered today as one of the biggest advocates for the Hawaiian martial art known as Lua. A traditional and ancient art of the Islands, Lua is a bone-breaking style of fighting that was only passed down to certain individuals. Olohe Solomon Kaihewalu opened the doors of Lua to the world, and Manu was one of his students. Studying for countless years, she became the first female ever to master the Lua art. From seminars to workshops to appearances, she has continued to spread Lua throughout the world. Inducted into the Museum in 2016, she also became the founder of the SHE program empowering women. She has also brought the importance of Hawaiian hulu dance and its role in the Lua artform.