Kauhilonohonua Padilla was born and raised on the island of Maui. Born into a family of Kumu Hula and dancers, Lono's life was surrounded with Hawaiian culture. Under the guidance of his mother Hokulani Holt he learned the ways of his people and the traditions of Hawai'i. After graduating from high school, Lono moved to O'ahu to attend The University of Hawai'i-Manoa. His mother sent him to dance for Kumu Hula Holoua Stender and Ka Pā Hula O Kamehameha. With them he competed in The Merrie Monarch Hula Festival garnering many awards.
He has performed across the globe including the continental United States, Japan, Tahiti, New Zealand and Europe. He has danced throughout the Hawaiian islands including several years at the legendary Kodak Hula Show until their closing in 2002.
In 2005, his mother decided it was time for Lono to seriously dedicate his life to hula and began his training to become a Kumu Hula. In August 2008 he completed 'ūniki ceremonies and is now Kumu Hula along with Ke'ano Ka'upu of Hālau Hi'iakaināmakalehua.