HULA HALAU
Baker, Karl Veto

Baker, Karl Veto

Kumu Hula Karl Veto Baker was one of the six original members of Halau Na Kamalei under Robert Cazimero, joining the hālau in 1975 when he was first introduced to hula at Kamehameha Schools. His hula studies with Cazimero allowed him to travel around the world as he performed as a member of the Royal Dance...
Capusang, Michael Lanakila

Capusang, Michael Lanakila

  Michael Lanakila Casupang began his study of hula in 1983 under the tutelage of kumu hula (Hula Master) Robert Cazimero and his hula school, Hālau Na Kamalei. In 1986, he began dancing in Robert Cazimero’s Royal Dance Company in which he danced for six years continuously at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel for the Brothers Cazimero....
Ching, Sonny

Ching, Sonny

Kumu Sonny Ching began his teachings with his grandmother at the age of 4. It was preordained that Sonny would be the one to continue hula in his family. In 1984, at the age of 15, Sonny was given permission to experience being in a halau.   He later studied with Lahela Ka’aihue and established Halau Na...
de Silva, Mapuana

de Silva, Mapuana

Māpuana de Silva, an alumna of Punahou School (1967) and Pacific University (1971)  graduated in 1975 as kumu hula from Maiki Aiu Lake and in 1976 founded Hālau Mōhala ‘Ilima on Oahu. She completed three years of Hawaiian language study at UH Mānoa.   She works with a team of medical experts and researchers to study the...
Lopes, Tracie K. Farias & Keawe

Lopes, Tracie K. Farias & Keawe

Tracie K. Lopes is best known for her excellent performance at the Merrie Monarch Hula Festival in Hilo in 1994, which earned her the coveted title of Miss Aloha Hula. Tracie has been teaching for the past 20 years and is currently an Instructor of Hawaiian Language at the Hawai‘i Pacific University. Keawe Lopes has...
Mahoe, Chinky

Mahoe, Chinky

Kumu Chinky Mahoe began dancing hula in December of 1967 under hula master “Uncle” George Na`ope.  In July of 1977, he then joined “The Men of Waimāpuna” under the direction of the late kumu hula Darrell Lupenui who has won several Merrie Monarch competitions with both their men and women hālau.   Chinky currently travels to the...
Pang, Michael Pili

Pang, Michael Pili

  Born in Honolulu, Kumu Hula Michael Pili Pang began dancing hula as a youngster, later studying under Maiki Aiu Lake and Mae Kamamalu Klein. He studied hula under master artists Lake and Mae Klein and master chanter Pualani Kanaka‘ole Kanahele.  He opened Hālau Hula Ka Noʻeau in 1986 on the Big Island, adding a second hālau...
Takamine, Vicky Holt

Takamine, Vicky Holt

Kumu Hula Vicky Holt Takamine is the kumu hula of Pua Ali`i `Ilima, a school of traditional Hawaiian dance. She graduated through the `Ūniki rituals of hula from Maiki Aiu Lake. Vicky graduated from Kamehameha Schools and received her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Dance Ethnology from the University of Hawai`i. She is presently a...
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