Hālau History

Saturday Hālau
July 21, 2018

9:30 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. Congratulations once again to Nalani and her sister Pualani, recipients of the 2018 Malia Kau Award!

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 34 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.

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 43 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 – Hālau Hula Kamamolikolehua – Kumu Hula Pohaikealoha Souza
Based in Kaka`ako, O`ahu, for 22 years, Hālau Hula Kamamolikolehua is a non-competitive hālau which carries on the hula ku`i legacy of the late Maiki Aiu Lake and Mae Kamāmalu Klein. The students are truly “the descendants of the Lehua” and 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.” Haumana (students) range in age from 5 year-old keiki to 80 plus kūpuna. 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.

11:10 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”.

11:35 am – 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.

1:10 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 18 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.

1:35 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 uniki (graduated) Makalapua in 1998 with the help of Nā Kumu Hula Robert Cazimero, Vicky Holt Takamine, Mapuana de Silva, and the late Leina`ala Kalama Heine. In 1999, 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.

2:00 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 41st 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.

2:25 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, 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 (students) includes those from Kailua, Waimanalo, France, Sweden, California, Japan and Korea.

2:50 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, O`ahu, 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-Kekau’ilanikaai’akawaha Kalama, 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. Today, her haumana (students) represent Europe, Mexico, Canada, Japan and Hawai`i.

3:15 pm – Hālau Māpuna Leo – Kumu Hula Kamana`o Mano`i-Hyde
Kamana`o Manoi-Hyde has been Kumu Hula of Hālau Mapuna Leo 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. Hālau Māpuna Leo strives to ensure that preservation of the knowledge that has been handed down will continue on to the next generation.

3:45 pm Pau – Hawai`i Aloha

Sunday Hālau
July 22, 2018

10:30 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.

11:05 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 uniki (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.

11:30 am – Hālau o Ka Hanu Lehua—Kumu Hula Kamaka Kukona
Based in Wailuku, Maui, and fourth place winner of this year’s Merrie Monarch Festival’s wāhine ‘auana category, Hālau o Ka Hanu Lehua was originally founded on O’ahu in 2004. It relocated to Maui in 2006 when Kumu Kukona returned to his home island. A 2003 ‘uniki (graduate) of Kumu Hula Mae Kamāmalu Klein who carried on the legacy of the late Kumu Hula Maiki Aiu Lake, Kumu Kukona is part of this renowned hula ohana. The hālau teaches all aspects of the Hawaiian culture, including, ‘ōlelo (language), mo’olelo (stories) and hana no’eau (hula arts), to students from 3 to 85. Kumu Kamaka received another honor this year when he was named 2018 Male Vocalist of the Year at the Nā Hoku Hanohano Hawaiian Music Awards. Congratulations and welcome to Hālau o Ka Hanu Lehua performing for the first time at the Prince Lot Hula Festival!

1:05 pm – Pua Ali‘i ‘Ilima — Nā Kumu Hula Vicky Holt Takamine and Jeffrey Kānekaiwilani
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 41 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.

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, 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.

1:55 pm – 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) include 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,” caring for one another.

2:20 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 33 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!

2:45 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 second time with his hālau. We welcome him and his hālau back to the festival! 


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