Hālau History


Saturday Hālau

9:30 am Pua Ali‘i ‘Ilima — Nā Kumu Hula Vicky Holt Takamine and Jeffrey Kānekaiwilani Takamine
Pua Ali‘i ‘Ilima is the hālau hula (school of traditional Hawaiian dance) founded by Vicky Holt Takamine in 1977. The hālau was named by Vicky’s kumu hula, Maiki Aiu Lake, and means the Royal ‘Ilima Blossom alluding to Vickyʻs graduation from Maiki’s Papa ‘Ilima, the ‘ilima class, and as a descendant from Hawaiian royalty. We treasure the many gifts of hula and mele from our kumu and leave them as a lasting memory to the next generation of hula practitioners. Pua Ali‘i ‘Ilima perpetuates the teachings of Maiki through their programs and participation in the many cultural festivals and events throughout Hawai‘i and the world. We celebrate today the 40th anniversary of both the Prince Lot Hula Festival and our hālau hula. We look forward to a new era of hula here at Iolani Palace.

9:55 am Hālau Hula O Maiki – Kumu Hula Coline Aiu
Hawai‘i’s oldest hālau, the style of Hālau Hula O Maiki is described as “gentle, simple in grace and movement,” characteristic of hula from the island of Kau‘ai. Kumu Hula Coline Aiu and her haumana (students) continue to follow in the footsteps of her mother and founder, the late Maiki Aiu Lake, for whom the hālau is named. It is the mother school of five generations of kumu hula, several of whom are performing today. Kumu hula of the hālau for 33 years, Coline first performed at the Prince Lot Hula Festival in its formative years in the 1970s and is a 2016 recipient of Moanalua Gardens Foundation’s (MGF’s) prestigious Malia Kau award. A trendsetter in hula as a performance art, Coline was the originator of the drama dance, The Legend of Pele, in 1979 – 1980.

10:20 am Nā Pualei o Likolehua – Kumu Hula Niuli‘i Heine
Established in 1976 by the late Kumu Hula Leina‘ala Kalama Heine, Hālau Nā Pualei o Likolehua, is a non-profit organization dedicated to preparing young women and men to become teachers and leaders in our Hawaiian community. Now, under the direction of ‘Ala’s daughter, Niuli‘i Heine, the hālau continues ‘Ala’s legacy and has expanded to include keiki and kane. Celebrating 42 years as a hula group, the hālau strives to uphold the values of traditional protocol, remain actively responsible to the ‘āina, empower its students through cultural education, and preserve the cultural traditions of hula.

10:45 am Kilipohe Nā Leilehua – Nā Kumu Hula Sky Gora and Liko Cooke
Haumana (students) of the late Leina‘ala Kalama Heine, Sky Gora and Liko Cooke uniki (graduated) as kumu hula in 2009 and formed their own hālau in 2013. Today, they carry on the traditions learned from their kumu, and like ‘Ala, are dedicated to training young women in the art of hula and Hawaiian culture. They strive to teach traditions and skills surrounding hula and maintain the cultural heritage of mele hula and mele oli (chant).

11:10 am Ka Pā Nani ‘O Lilinoe – Kumu Hula Lilinoe Lindsey
Lilinoe Lindsey began her hula training at the age of three from her Aunty, Joan Lindsey, and has been a lifelong dancer ever since. Since 1982, the hālau has been located in the ahupua‘a of Waimalu and Mānana in the moku of ‘Ewa. Lilinoe’s haumana (students) range in age from keiki to kūpuna and have danced in many hula events both competitive and non-competitive throughout the islands, including the Queen Liliuokalani Keiki Hula Competition and Merrie Monarch Festival. Since the passing of Aunty Joanie, who received Moanalua Gardens Foundation’s Malia Kau Award in 2015, the hālau now includes her students. Today’s performance of the combined hālau is dedicated to the late Kumu Hula Joan S. Lindsey who left a rich legacy of “malama ke kahi i ke kahi.”

11:35 am: Hālau Pa‘akea Wai Lehua – Kumu Hula Wanda Pa‘akea Akiu
Founded in May 2000, Hālau Pa‘akea Wai Lehua is based in Kailua, O‘ahu. For the past 17 years, the hālau has strived to preserve and perpetuate the Hawaiian culture through the art of hula. They focus on building a strong foundation by providing grounding in Hawaiian history, beliefs and traditions in a positive learning environment which prepares students for life. Members of the hālau are committed to giving back to the community and protecting our ‘āina through efforts such as beach clean ups, helping the homeless and sharing their hula at local and regional charity events and festivals. Kumu Akiu inspires her students to love, honor and respect Ke Akua, our Hawaiian culture, hula, our Ali‘i and kūpuna.

1:10 pm Hālau Nā Wainohia – Kumu Hula Tony Conjugacion
Established in 1997, Hālau Nā Wainohia is led by Kumu Hula Tony Conjugacion who had already been teaching in Hawai‘i and abroad for over twenty years. He is also the founder and Executive Director of the Lamakū Society, a non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion, education and preservation of the Hawaiian culture with an emphasis on the performing arts. Their 2009 hula compilation CD, ‘Ike O Nā Kumu Hula, garnered the 2010 Nā Hoku Hanohano Award for Compilation of the Year. Kumu Conjugacion graduated seven ‘olapa dancers in September 2004, and in September 2010, graduated four kumu hula and one ‘olapa dancer in Keawanui, Moloka‘i.

1:35 pm Hālau Hula Kukunaokalā – Nā Kumu Hula Elsie Ryder, Mel Enos and Sulu Tafaoimalo
Begun in 1977 by the late Kumu Hula John Kaimikaua, Hālau Hula Kukunaokalā perpetuates the tradition of hula from the island of Moloka‘i and celebrates their 40th anniversary this year in November. At the age of 14, John was taught by Ka-wāhine-kapu-hele-i-ka-po-kāne of Moloka‘i who imparted to him the mo‘okuauhau (geneology) of his hula lineage dating back to 900 A.D. This unbroken line of kumu has continued through the present generation and the hula motions have been preserved for the past 12 centuries. In 1991, Kumu Kaimikaua and his hālau, in partnership with the community and Hula Hālau o Moloka‘i founded the Moloka‘i Ka Hula Piko Festival on Moloka‘i celebrating the origin of the hula. Since the passing of Kumu John in 2006, the hālau has continued his important legacy of ancient hula.

2:00 pm Hālau Hula O Namakahulali – Kumu Hula Shirley Recca
After many years as a solo dancer both here and abroad, Shirley Recca established Hālau
Hula O Namakahulali in 1993. She began her hula studies with Puanani Alama as a child, performing her first ho‘ike (show) with Aunty Genoa Keawe. Shirley has worked with many hula masters to add to her repertoire of ancient and modern hula, including Kimo Alama Keaulana for the past 17 years. Kumu Recca has served as a judge of the ‘auana division of the E Ho‘i Mai Ka Piko Hula Competition. The hālau has received several competition awards, but enjoys ho‘ike the most. It always looks forward to the sharing of hula at the Prince Lot Hula Festival in a special time and very special place.

2:25 pm Ka Ipu Ha‘a ‘o Kekau‘ilani – Na Pua Hala ‘o Kau‘ai, Kailua, Japana, Europa a me Canada – Kumu Hula Puna Kalama Dawson
One of 11 children of the distinguished Kalama ohana of Kailua, Oahu, Puna Kalama Dawson is a global ambassador of aloha spreading the aloha spirit all over the world through hula. In 1989, she helped her mother, the late Aunty Nana-Kaaikawaakekauilani Kalama, open Ka Ipu Haa o Kekau`ilani – Na Pua Hala o Kauai, in Anahola on the island of Kauai. She continues to honor her mother’s essence and hula presence through the hālau and through her In the Name of Aloha program. Today, her haumana (students) represent Europe, Mexico, Canada, Japan and Hawaii.

2:50 pm Hālau Hula ‘O Kaleipuaimilia – Kumu Hula Cynthia Makalapua Bernard
Located on the Waianae Coast in the ahupuaa of Lualualei on Oahu, Hālau Hula O Kaleipuaimilia was formerly known as Hālau Hula O Mililani under the direction of the late Kumu Hula Mililani Allen, a graduate of the late Aunty Maiki Aiu Lake’s Lehua class. Mili uniki (graduated) Makalapua in 1998 with the help of Nā Kumu Hula Robert Cazimero, Vicky Holt Takamine, Mapuana de Silva, and the late Leinaala Kalama Heine. Before Mili’s passing, she asked Makalapua to change the name of the hālau. Mili’s legacy continues through Makalapua along with new mele (songs) which she shares with the community, at competitions, and at the Prince Lot Hula Festival today.

3:15 pm Hālau Māpuna Leo – Kumu Hula Kamana‘o Mano‘i-Hyde
Kamanao Manoi-Hyde has been Kumu Hula of Hālau Mapuna Leo since 2002, as well as the Kumu since 2004 of Ka Waihona o ka Naauao Public Charter School serving 627 students on the Leeward Coast of Oahu. A graduate of Mapuana De Silva’s Hālau Mōhala Ilima, she teaches traditional hula from the mid and late 19th century as well as a repertoire of hula auana (contemporary hula). Through the teaching of hula, mele, oli and our moolelo (stories), Kamanao seeks to enrich the lives of all her students, inspiring them to connect to the teachings of our kūpuna. Hālau Māpuna Leo strives to ensure that preservation of the knowledge that has been handed down will continue on to the next generation.


Sunday Hālau

10:30 am Ka Hale I o Kāhala Hālau Hula – Kumu Hula Leimomi Maldonado
Leimomi I Maldonado began her study of hula at the age of 8 with the late Maiki Aiu Lake and continued her training in later years with Elizabeth Kalama. The hālau reflects the hōihi (respect) felt for these influential teachers as well as its connection to the hala as the symbolic flower of the school. Kumu Maldonado welcomes haumana (students) from preschool to kūpuna to learn the dances of the Hawaiian Islands. The philosophy of the hālau is a saying passed on by Leimomi’s former Kumu Hula Aunty Maiki: “May your love of Hawai’i grow through the art of the Hula”.

11 am Hālau o Kekuhi – Kumu Hula Nālani Kanaka‘ole
Hālau o Kekuhi is the hālau hula and the center of cultural knowledge for the Edith Kanakaʻole Foundation. The cultural beliefs and practices in which the Edith Kanakaʻole Foundation is anchored radiates from the traditional practices of the hālau which can account for eight generations of kumu hula. The hālau is celebrated for its mastery of the ‘aiha‘a style of hula and oli. The ‘aiha‘a is a low-postured, vigorous, bombastic style of hula that springs from the eruptive volcano persona Pele and Hi‘iaka, characteristic of Hawai‘i Island’s creative forces. Hālau o Kekuhi has earned local, state, national, and international recognition for their art.

11:35 am Hālau Hula Ka No‘eau – Kumu Hula Michael Pili Pang
Founded by Kumu Hula Michael Pili Pang in 1986, the hālau is located in Pāwaʻa, outside of Waikīkī. The hālau maintains the hula ku’i style of dance, a style and philosophy associated with the late hula master Maiki Aiu Lake. Hālau Hula Ka Noʻeau has performed at universities and colleges across North America and Asia. New students are accepted twice a year, January and September, and are introduced to the gentle mannerisms of the hula kuʻi. Visit www.artofhula.com for classes, touring, festivals, workshops and booking information.

1:05 pm Hālau Hula Kamamolikolehua – Kumu Hula Pohaikealoha Souza
Based in Kakaako, Oahu, Hālau Hula Kamamolikolehua is a non-competitive hālau which carries on the hula kui legacy of the late Maiki Aiu Lake and Mae Kamāmalu Klein. The students, who are truly “the descendants of the Lehua” continue in the tradition set by Aunty Maiki that “hula is the art of Hawaiian dance expressing all that we see, hear, smell, taste, touch and feel.” Besides dance, the hālau stresses education in history, language and protocol of our Hawaiian culture. Their choreography remains true to the “Maiki style” with traditional hula being passed down as originally learned.

1:30 pm Hālau Mōhala ‘Ilima – Kumu Hula Māpuana de Silva
Hālau Mōhala ‘Ilima is dedicated to the preservation of Hawaiian culture through hula. Traditional chants and dances, particularly those of the 18th and 19th centuries, are the focus of the hālau as well as modern hula grounded in the older tradition. The hālau teaches such Hawaiian values as aloha, hōihi, ala hāiki, and kūlia I ka nu`u – love, respect, discipline, and commitment to excellence — through hula. They believe that hula means little if it fails to enrich our lives and make us better people.

1:55 pm Hālau Hula ‘O Hokulani – Nā Kumu Hula Leinani Lauaki, Kehaulani Kawai and Leonani Naho‘`oikaika
Located in Waipahu, O‘ahu Hālau Hula O Hokulani was founded in 1985 by the late Kumu Hula Hokulani De Rego. Today, her daughters Leinani, Kehaulani and Leonani carry on her legacy of the Lokalia Montgomery hula line. The hālau celebrates 32 years of Hawaiian cultural teaching throughout our communities and across the Hawaiian islands, our country and the world. Hālau Hula O Hokulani is the host of Hula Oni E in Honolulu, Tokyo and Osaka, Japan and in Vienna, Austria. The hālau has performed in festivals and concerts throughout Hawai`i and Japan, including the Merrie Monarch Festival, Queen Lili’uokalani Keiki Hula Festival and more. The Legacy of Hokulani De Rego lives on!

2:15 pm Hālau Kealakapawa – Kumu Hula Michael Ka`ilipūnohu Canopin
Founded in 1989, Hālau Kealakapawa is a school of hula open to people of all ages. At the present time, the hālau has locations in Honolulu and Kensei, Japan. The name Kealakapawa translates to The Path of Dawn or The Trail of the Morning Star and was given to Kumu Canopin by his late kumu Frank Palani Kahala. Kumu Canopin performed in the Prince Lot Hula Festival during its early years and is returning for the first time in several decades. We welcome him and his hālau back to the festival.

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