Kalikoaloha hails from Waipiʻo and came to ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi through hula. He has been studying hula for over a decade and is a member of the award winning Hālau Nā Kamalei under the direction of Robert Uluwehionāpuaikawēkiuokalani Cazimero. Kaliko completed a B.A. in Hawaiian Studies and ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi and an M.A. in ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi. His thesis research detailed the anti-annexation rhetorical strategies used by Kanaka Maoli to resist the hegemonic oligarchs. He studies Hawaiian literature, Hawaiian language translation theory, language pedagogy, language advocacy, biopolitcs and post-colonial studies in relation to Hawaiʻi.