2015 Program and Hālau Descriptions

9:00 am   Opening Procession, Royal Order of Kamehameha

9:15 am   Papahana Wehena – Opening Ceremony

38th Annual Prince Lot Hula Festival • Kama‘ipu‘upa‘a, Moanalua • July 18 & 19, 2015

Presentation of Malia Kau Awards – Moanalua Gardens Foundation
Kumu Hula Joan S. Lindsey – Founder of Joan S. Lindsey Hula Studio
Kumu Hula Edward W. Collier – Founder of Hālau O Nā Pua Kukui

9:30 am            Joan S. Lindsey Hula StudioKumu Hula Joan S. Lindsey
Beginning in 1950, Joan Lindsey has been teaching hula for sixty five years in Pearl City, O`ahu. She studied with such respected kumu as her Aunty, Caroline Peters Tuck, Lena Machado, Lena Guerrero and Lokalia Montgomery from whom she learned chants from Mary Kawena Pukui, and songs and dances from Vicky I’i. Through her hālau, Kumu Lindsey continues to bring our hula traditions to life.   As she so eloquently states, “For in hula, we are Hawaiian. In Hawaiian, we are the beauty and magic of this ‘āina.”

9:55 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. In 1995, she started her own hālau located in Aiea and Pearl City. Her haumana (students) 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. She comes from the renowned Lindsey ‘ohana of noted musicians, recording artists, composers and kumu hula.

10:20 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 Kaua‘i. Kumu Hula Coline Aiu and her haumana (students) continue to follow in the footsteps of her mother and founder, Maiki Aiu Lake, for whom the hālau is named. PBS television selected Aunty Maiki as the “mother of the Hawaiian Renaissance.” She pioneered the use of a black board to teach language, and in the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s, encouraged research requiring her haumana to keep hula books.

10:45 am          Hālau Hula Ka No`eau – Kumu Hula Michael Pili Pang
Hālau Hula Ka No‘eau opened its doors in 1986, in the rural town of Waimea on the Island of Hawai‘i; a second academy opened on the Island of O‘ahu in downtown Honolulu in the spring of 2002 and is now located in Pawa`a. The hālau maintains the Hula Ku`i style of dance and is guided by the belief that the best foundation in creating something new is a thorough understanding of the past. The best environment to succeed in is one that encourages discipline, commitment and creativity. Under the tutelage of Maiki Aiu Lake and Mae Kamāmalu Klein, Kumu Hula Michael Pili Pang graduated as an ‘ōlapa (dancer) in 1979 and as Kumu hula in 1984.

11:10 am          Hālau Nā Mamo O Ka Liko Maile O Kohala – Kumu Hula Francis Kapuaoiokepamemaile Francisco
Founded in 2012 in Maunalaha Valley in the heart of Makiki, O`ahu, the hālau is dedicated to preserving and ensuring the continuance of the Hawaiian culture through the traditional art form known as the hula. Its main purpose is to perpetuate and transmit ancestral Hawaiian knowledge through language, history, protocols, chant, music and dance, crafts, values, and traditional practices. Kumu Hula Kapua Francisco provides opportunities for students of all ages to develop a strong identity and connection to our homeland and host culture. He fosters in them a desire to think, act and live a life with Hawaiian values and purpose.

 11:35 am          Nā Pualei o Likolehua Kumu Hula Leinā`ala Kalama Heine
Established in 1976, Hālau Nā Pualei o Likolehua, is a non-profit organization dedicated to training young women and men in the art of hula and Hawaiian culture. Its mission is to prepare them to become future kumu hula and practitioners of Hawaiian culture; to carry on the traditions surrounding hula; maintain the cultural traditions of mele oli and mele hula and to preserve the legends, genealogies and history of the Hawaiian people through dance. Kumu Heine, known affectionately as `Ala, is a graduate of Maiki Aiu Lake’s Papa `Uniki Lehua class, and also studied with Joseph Kaha`ulelio, Vicky `I`i Rodrigues, Ruby Ahakuelo and others.

Intermission 12:00 noon to 1:15 pm

1:35 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 with Aunty Genoa Keawe. She has worked with many hula masters to add to her repertoire of ancient and modern hula, including Kimo Alama Keaulana for the past 15 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.

2:00 pm            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 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 the late Aunty Maiki Aiu Lake: “May your love of Hawai’i grow through the art of the Hula”.

2:25 pm         Hālau Hula Kukunaokalā Ho`opa Elsie Ryder
Begun in 1977 by the late Kumu Hula John Kaimikaua, Hālau Hula Kukunaokalā perpetuates the tradition of hula from the island of Moloka‘i. 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. For the past 38years, the hālau has fulfilled its mission to “enlighten and educate all people about our ancestors through the early traditions of Hawaiian chant and dance of ancient Moloka‘i.” Since the passing of Kumu John in 2006, the hālau continues his legacy under the leadership of Po`o Sulu Tafaoimalo and Ho`opa Elsie Ryder.

2:50 pm         Hālau Na Mamo O Pu`uanahulu — Nā Kumu Hula Sonny Ching and Lōpaka Igarta-DeVera
One of the largest hālau in Hawai‘i, Hālau Nā Mamo O Pu`uanahulu’s repertoire is quite extensive. It includes many of the Pele chants seldom performed today, as well as many chants and dances for past Ali‘i from pre-western contact to the last ruling Kalākaua dynasty. Kumu Ching also has students in La Paz, Mexico as well as over 300 students in Japan. The hālau performs regularly at the Merrie Monarch Hula Festival garnering awards in both the kane and wahine categories.

3:15 pm         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 and consists of dedicated haumana (students) ranging in age from 4 to 60 years old. Their mission is to love, honor and respect the Hawaiian culture by teaching Hawaiian traditions and values through the art of hula. Most importantly, the hālau strives to honor our ali`i (royalty) and kūpuna through educational workshops, charitable fundraising and performing at local, regional and international events sharing the hula, mele and chant of our ancestors.

3:50 pm        Pau – Hawai`i Aloha

Sunday, July 19, 2015

 10:00 am          Welcome

10:10 am          Pua Ali‘i ‘Ilima — Nā Kumu Hula Vicky Holt Takamine and Jeffrey Kānekaiwilani Takamine
Pua Ali‘i ‘Ilima, The Royal ‘Ilima Blossom, is the hālau hula (school) founded by Kumu Hula Vicky Holt Takamine in 1977. Named by Vicky’s Kumu Hula Maiki Aiu Lake, it represents her graduation from Maiki’s Papa ‘Ilima class, and her descent from Hawaiian royalty. This year, the hālau celebrates its 38th anniversary and 38th year performing in the Prince Lot Hula Festival, the only hālau who has done so for 38 consecutive years. Today, the halau will debut for the first time ever in public Pele O Moanalua, a mele chanted for Keku`i`apoiwa, Kamehameha the Great’s mother, during her famous visit to O`ahu.

10:35 am          Hālau Hula Kamamolikolehua – Kumu Hula Pohaikealoha Souza
Based in Kaka`ako, O`ahu, Hālau Hula Kamamolikolehua is a non-competitive hālau which carries on the Hula Ku`i stylings of Mae Kamāmalu Klein, Maiki Aiu and Uncle George Holokai. Teaching keiki to kūpuna, Kumu Souza encourages her haumana (students) to understand the beauty of the mele (songs) and our Hawaiian culture through education in history, language, protocol and all other aspects of our culture as well as hula. As we have been taught by Aunty Maiki – “Hula is life” – and so we must live our culture with exuberance in all parts of our lives.

11:00 am          Hālau Kealaokamailelauli`i — Nā Kumu Hula Sky Kanoelani Gora and Likolehua Cooke
Established in 2014 for the young women of Damien Memorial High School, Hālau Kealaokamailelauli`i is led by Nā Kumu Hula Sky Kanoelani Gora and Likolehua Cooke. Only a year old, the hālau placed third in the 2015 Malia Craver Hula Kahiko Competition in May. Students and uniki graduates of Kumu Hula Leinā`ala Kalama Heine’s hālau, Sky and Liko are passing on their hula traditions to the young ladies at Damien. Moanalua Gardens Foundation is proud to welcome them to the Prince Lot Hula Festival.

11:15 am          Hālau Hula `O Hokulani – Kumu Hula Hokulani De Rego
Located in Waipahu, O‘ahu Hālau Hula `O Hokulani was founded in 1985 with 5 students and now has 300 haumana of all ages. They receive instruction in Hawaiian history, culture, language and hula protocol and perform both hula kahiko (ancient) and ‘auana (modern) dance. The hālau supports Hawai‘i-based charities which help physically and mentally challenged individuals and strives to preserve the hula and history of Hawai`i. 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.

11:40 am         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.

Intermission 12:00 noon to 1:00 pm

1:00 pm            Welcome

1:05 pm             Hālau Ha’a Hula ‘O Kekau’ilani Nā Pua Hala O Kailua – Charlani A.K. Kalama
Daughter of the late Kumu Hula Elizabeth Kakau’ilanikaai’akawaha Correa Ako Kalama, Charlani is carrying on the hula traditions of her beloved mother and kumu. The first ‘uniki graduate of the late Lokalia Montgomery, Mama Elizabeth opened her hālau in 1946 at Blessed Sacrament Church’s Father Gregory Hall in Pauoa. She moved to Kailua in 1952 where she continued to teach until her passing in 1998. Today, Kumu Hula Charlani A.K. Kalama strives to stay true to her mother’s teachings and the teachings of Aunty Lokalia, her grandmother Cecilia Correa, and their ancestors. Her haumana includes those from Kailua, Waimanalo, France, Sweden, California, Japan and Korea.

1:30 pm            Hālau Hula Kanoeonāwainahenahe – Kumu Hula Noelani Kapuaakuni Tachera
Established in 1992 to honor and commemorate nā kumu hula Maude Pauahi Dow, Noenoe Zuttermeister and Kalani Po`maihealani, Hālau Hula Kanoeonāwainahenahe is located in Ko`olaupoko, O`ahu. Its mission is to preserve, perpetuate and nurture cultural and hula traditions from a native perspective and to pass on these traditions to future generations ensuring their legacy of hula lives on. With an emphasis on hula kahiko, olelo makuahine and Hawaiian language, Kumu Tachera teaches hula as a lifestyle and living entity connecting our na`au (inner spirit) to the spiritual paths of our ancestral lineage linking the past to the present.

1:55 pm            Nā Hula O Puamana – Nā Kumu Hula Pumehana Cullen, Leina`ala Naipo Akamine, Kapualani McElroy, Leimomi Kiyono, and Malia Helela
Nā Hula O Puamana, the branches of Puamana, is the umbrella name for for nā hālau which continue to perpetuate the hula of Kumu Hula Puluelo Naipo Park and her hula lineage. Pumehana Cullen continues her mother’s teachings of worship hula. Aunty Leina`ala Naipo Akamine, Puluelo’s sister, continues to share her mana`o and passion of hula. Nā Kumu Kapualani McElroy and her Hālau Ho`ola `O Waipao in He`eia; Leimomi Kiyono and her Hālau Ho`oulu I Ke Kapa in Kaneohe, and Malia Helela and her hālau Nā Hula Ola Aloha in Kaka`ako, combine their haumana to perform for you today.

2:15 pm         Hālau O Nā Pua Kukui – Kumu Hula Ed Collier
Established in 1975 as a school to teach students about Hawaiian language, culture, song and dance, the hālau has grown to include children ages 4 to 13 and adults, both men and women. The hālau has competed in several Merrie Monarch Festivals and hula competitions on O`ahu. A kumu hula for over 50 years, Ed Collier taught hula at ‘Iolani School for 22 years. He has a deep passion for hula and considers the hula to be an endless process for learning. Over the years, Kumu Collier has served as a judge at the Merrie Monarch Festival. Please welcome MGF’s 2015 Malia Kau Award recipient Kumu Hula Ed Collier and Hālau O Nā Pua Kukui.

2:45 pm           Pau – Hawai`i Aloha

**Times are approximate and subject to change.

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