Kahurangi Maxwell's parents were the leaders of Ngāti Rangiwewehi for over 30 years. The group is a huge part of her history and background in kapa haka. Kahurangi is in her whānau kapa, Ngā Uri o Te Whanoa as one of the tutors and female leaders. Her schooling kapa haka history is with Western Heights High School-Te Roopu Manaaki. Currently a lecturer for the Bachelor of Māori Performing Arts through Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi.