July 20, 2019
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 Kumu Hula Vicky Holt Takamine in 1977. Named by Vicky’s kumu hula, Maiki Aiu Lake, it means the Royal ‘Ilima Blossom alluding to Vickyʻs graduation from Maiki’s Papa ‘Ilima, the ‘ilima class, and as a descendant from Hawaiian royalty. The recipient of Moanalua Gardens Foundation’s Malia Kau and Kukui O Lota awards, kumu Takamine teaches her haumana (students) to 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. The hālau celebrates today 42 years of performing at the Prince Lot Hula Festival and its founding. They look forward to a new era of hula here at Iolani Palace.
10:05 am – Hālau Na Kamalei o Lililehua – Kumu Hula Robert Uluwehi Cazimero
A graduate of Maiki Aiu Lake’s Papa ‘Ūniki Lehua class of 1973, Robert, along with Wayne Keahi Chang, founded the all-male Hālau Na Kamalei O Lililehua in 1975 at the urging of Maiki who was concerned that male hālau were disappearing. The hālau went on to become one of the most successful hula groups of all time winning top honors at the world-famous Merrie Monarch Festival in 1976 and 2005 and in many other hula competitions. In 1980, Robert became the sole leader of the hālau continuing to innovate yet honoring tradition. His creativity and emphasis on flawless execution has raised the bar for all hālau hula who credit him for helping them reach new levels of excellence. Robert and the men of Hālau Na Kamalei O Lililehua are returning to the Prince Lot Hula Festival after a four-year absence with their first performance at Iolani Palace. Robert’s ties to the festival are continued through his haumana (students) who, now as kumu hula, perform regularly at the event, including this year.
10:35 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 35 years, Coline first performed at the Prince Lot Hula Festival in its formative years in the late 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.
11:05 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 44 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.
11:35 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 hō`ihi (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”.
1:10 pm – Hālau Hula `O Kaleipuaimilia – Kumu Hula Cynthia Makalapua Bernard
Located on the Wai`anae Coast in the ahupua`a of Lualualei on O`ahu, 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. Mililani `ūniki (graduated) Makalapua in March 1999 with the help of Nā Kumu Hula Robert Cazimero, Vicky Holt Takamine, Mapuana de Silva, and the late Leina`ala Kalama Heine. Honoring Mililani’s request, Makalapua changed the name of the hālau to Hālau Hula `O Kaleipuaimilia. Mililani’s legacy continues through Makalapua and her alaka’i (teachers) along with new mele (songs) which she shares with the community, at competitions, out-of-state, and at the Prince Lot Hula Festival today.
1:35 pm – Hālau Hula O Kukunaokalā – Nā Kumu Hula Elsie Ryder, Mel Enos, and Sulu Tafaoimalo
Founded on November 18, 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 42nd 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 that have been perpetuated 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 Nāmakahūlali – Kumu Hula Shirley Recca
After many years as a solo dancer both here and abroad, Shirley Recca established Hālau
Hula O Nāmakahūlali 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 19 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. May the generations to come continue to support our Hawaiian culture through the Prince Lot Hula Festival. I mua e nā pōki’i, e na po’e a pau, ua mau.
2:25 pm – Hui Ho’oulu Aloha – Kumu Hula Pōmaika’i Krueger
Founded in the late 1970s by Nā Kumu Hula Keith Awai, Cy Bridges, Enoka Kaina and Bill Wallace, the hālau is now led by Kumu Hula Pōmaika’i Krueger. Located in Lāie, Ko’olauloa, Hui Ho’oulu Aloha is associated with the Polynesian Cultural Center. The focus of the hālau is to increase aloha or love. Love for the hula, love for the stories and traditions of our ancestors and love throughout our communities – one to another. It is the goal of the hālau to instill these values and ancient knowledge in a new generation so that aloha can be perpetuated for generations to come.
2:50 pm – 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. Kumu Pang instills in his haumana Hawaiian values of lokahi (unity), laulima (cooperation), lawelawe (service) and kuleana (responsibility). Each year, the hālau gathers plants from Moanalua Valley and other areas to decorate our stage and Prince Lot’s portrait. 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.
3:15 pm – Hālau Ka Lei ‘Ilima Kau Po’ohiwi – Kumu Hula Kamana`o Mano’i-Hyde
Kamana`o Manoi-Hyde has been Kumu Hula of Hālau Ka Lei ‘Ilima Kau Po’ohiwi in Wai’anae since 2002, as well as the Kumu since 2004 of Ka Waihona o ka Na`auao Public Charter School serving 627 students on the Leeward Coast of O`ahu. 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 mo’olelo (stories), Kamana`o seeks to enrich the lives of all her students, inspiring them to connect to the teachings of our kūpuna. The hālau strives to ensure that the knowledge that has been handed down will continue on to the next generation.
July 21, 2019
9:30 am – Hālau Hula ‘O Hokulani – Nā Kumu Hula: Leinani Lauaki, Kehaulani Kawai, and Leonani Naho’oikaika
Located in Kapolei at the Kamakana Ali’i Shopping Plaza, O’ahu Hālau Hula ‘O Hokulani was founded in 1985 by the late Kumu Hula Hokulani De Rego. It is a fifth generation hula school for children, teens, adults and kūpuna in both the kane and wāhine divisions. Today, her daughters Leinani, Kehaulani, and Leonani carry on her legacy of the Lokālia Montgomery hula line. The hālau celebrates 34 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 the Hula Oni E festival 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!
10:05 am – Ka Pā Hula Nā Wai Iwi Ola – Kumu Hula Keala Ching
Located on Hawai’i Island in Kealakehe, Kona, Ka Pā Hula Nā Wai Iwi Ola was formed in May 2008, following Kumu Ching’s ‘ūniki ceremony at Kahalelehua, Hilo officiated by Kumu Hula Kawaikapuokalani Hewett. Kumu Ching also studied hula and chanting under the late Kumu Hula John Keola Lake, hula under the late Kumu Hula Darrell Lupenui and the art of Ho’oponopono from the late Tūtū Malia Craver. He is also the founder of the Na Wai Iwi Ola Foundation which strives to perpetuate the Hawaiian culture and practices through hula protocol and ceremonies, the use and study of the Hawaiian language and by embracing the stories of our kūpuna, past, present and future.
He and his haumana are proud to present mele he has composed that honor the stories of our Native Hawaiian Birds and their close relationship to our people; the winds of Hawai’i Island connected to La’amaomao and the wind gourd of Hawai’i Island; the Goddess of canoe making ‘Apekepeke and the relationship of Makaki’i, a double hulled canoe of Kawaihae. Their final song honors King David Kalākaua and his accomplishments as our last reigning king of Hawai’i. Every song will be presented utilizing different hula implements, ‘Ulīʻulī, Ipu Heke, and Kālāʻau. Kumu Ching is grateful to his mentors, including family elders, who have groomed him to be the teacher he is today. Mahalo to all of them.
10:30 am – Hālau Hula Maunalei – Kumu Hula Lelehua Maunahina Bray
Founded in 2009 in Holualoa, on Hawai’i Island, Hālau Hula Maunalei, is led by Kumu Hula Lelehua Bray who studied under Kumu Hula Michael Pili Pang at his hālau in Kamuela and ‘ūniki (graduated) from his school in 2002. After teaching at Kumu Pang’s hālau for five years, she opened her own hālau and now shares her gift of hula with students of all ages, from 5 to 75. The great granddaughter of composer, entertainer and hula expert, Lydia Maunahina Dusson Bray, Kumu Bray’s mission is to teach others to love and embrace the traditions and art of hula as I have been taught by my lineage.
11:00 am – Hālau I Ka Wekiu – Nā Kumu Hula Karl Veto Baker and Michael Lanakila Casupang
Founded on March 15, 1998, in the birth month of their Kumu Hula Robert Uluwehi Cazimero, Hālau I Ka Wekiu is led by Nā Kumu Hula Karl Veto Baker and Michael Lanakila Casupang. With over 35 years of combined study, hula brothers Baker and Casupang were chosen by their Kumu, Robert Cazimero, to graduate through traditional ‘ūniki ceremonies in August 1995 conducted by him. Both Kumu are proud of their hula genealogy and seek to preserve and perpetuate the protocol, values and style of hula handed down by Robert and his kumu, Aunty Ma’iki Aiu, and before her, Lokālia Montgomery, Mary Kawena Pukui, Pat Namaka Bacon and others through seven generations.
Composers of mele and oli, the kumu have released six CDs, primarily comprised of original compositions. In 2013, they held their first ‘ūniki class, graduating 10 Kumu Hula and 2 ‘ōlapa (dancers) as part of their mission to perpetuate the values and style of hula handed down through their hula lineage. The hālau is comprised of students of all ages, women and men from age 13 and up. Both their wahine and kane groups consistently win awards in the Merrie Monarch Festival. Today, they will perform a special oli, Mai Kahiki Ka Wāhine ‘O Pele, to honor the fire goddess Pele featuring 90 dancers from 7 year-olds to 80 year-olds.
11:35 am – Kilipohe Nā Lei Lehua – Nā Kumu Hula Liko Cooke and Sky Kanoelani Gora
Haumana (students) of the late Leina`ala Kalama Heine, Sky Gora and Liko Cooke uniki (graduated) as kumu hula in 2009 and formed their hālau Kilipohe Nā Leilehua, in Windward Oahu in 2014. 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. Their mission is to teach the traditions and skills surrounding hula, maintain the cultural heritage of mele hula and mele oli (chant) and to preserve the legends, genealogies and history of the Hawaiian people through dance.
1:05 pm – Hālau Ha’a Hula ‘O Kekau’ilani, Na Pua Hala O Kailua – Kumu Hula Charlani A.K. Kalama
Daughter of the late Kumu Hula Elizabeth Kekau’ilanikaai’akawaha Correa Ako Kalama, known affectionately as Aunty Lani or Aunty Nana, Charlani is carrying on the hula traditions of her beloved mother and kumu. The first ‘ūniki graduate of the late Lokālia Montgomery, Mama Elizabeth opened her hālau in 1946 at Blessed Sacrament Church’s Father Gregory Hall in Pauoa. When she moved to Kailua in 1952, where she continued to teach until her passing in 1998, she offered the hall to her cousin and hula sister, Margaret Aiu, better known to all as Maiki Aiu. Mama Elizabeth was a mentor to many kumu hula, including Aunty Sally Woods Naluai. When they asked to study with Aunty Lokālia in Kona, Lokālia sent them to Mama Elizabeth.
Today, Kumu Hula Charlani A.K. Kalama, who was her mother’s first hula graduate, strives to stay true to her mother’s teachings and the teachings of Aunty Lokālia, her grandmother Cecilia Correa, and their ancestors. In the tradition of passing knowledge down to the next generation, Charlani’s daughter, Ka’anohi, who began learning from her mother at the age of 2, is carrying on the work of her mother and grandmother. Her haumana (students) includes those from Kailua, Waimanalo, France, Sweden, California, Japan and Korea.
1:30 pm – Ka Ipu Ha`a `o Kekau`ilani – Na Pua Hala `o Kau`ai, Japana, Europa a me Canada – Kumu Hula Puna Kalama Dawson
One of 11 children of the distinguished Kalama ohana of Kailua, O’ahu, Puna Kalama Dawson, eldest daughter of Aunty Nana Kekau’ilanikaai’akawaha Correa Ako Kalama, is continuing the legacy of hula kahiko and ‘auana learned from her mother. In 1989, she helped her mother, open Ka Ipu Ha’a ‘o Kekau’ilani – Na Pua Hala ‘o Kau’ai, in Anahola on the island of Kaua’i. Like her sister Charlani, Puna continues to honor her mother’s essence and hula presence through the hālau and through her In the Name of Aloha program. Following in her mother’s footsteps, Puna is a global ambassador of aloha spreading the aloha spirit all over the world through hula. Today, her haumana (students) represent Europe, Mexico, Canada, Japan and Hawai’i.
1:55 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, hō’ihi, 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.
2:20 pm – Hālau Kealakapawa – Kumu Hula Michael Ka`ilipūnohu Canopin
Founded in 1990, 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 third time at Iolani Palace with his hālau. We welcome him and his hālau back to the festival!
2:40 pm – Ka Pā Nani ‘O Lilinoe – Kumu Hula Lilinoe Lindsey
Originally formed in 1982 and later renamed Ka Pā Nani ‘O Lilinoe by the late Kumu Hula Joan S. Lindsey, the name means “the beautiful sounds of the fine, misty rain.” Lilinoe Lindsey began her hula training at the age of three from her Aunty, Joan Lindsey, and has been a lifelong dancer ever since. The hālau is located in the ahupua`a of Waimalu and Mānana in the moku of ‘Ewa on the grounds of Mānana Elementary School in Pearl City. Their hula traditions originate from Kaua’i which teaches that for every motion, there is an emotion. Lilinoe’s haumana (students) include three year-old 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, the King Kamehameha Hula Competition and the Kūhio Beach Torchlighting and Hula Show in Waikīkī. Since the passing of Aunty Joanie, who received Moanalua Gardens Foundation’s Malia Kau Award in 2015, the hālau now includes her students.
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