Kumu Hula Tracie & Keawe Lopes
Keawe Lopes are a husband and wife dynamic duo that has over 20 years of experience teaching hula, competing in hula competitions and performing in theaters. They are educators and practitioners of the Hawaiian language and culture. Tracie is well-known for her performance in Hilo’s 1994 Merrie Monarch Hula Festival, where she earned the coveted title of “Miss Aloha Hula.” She is currently an instructor of Hawaiian Language at Hawai‘i Pacific University, on O‘ahu. Tracie’s husband, Keawe, has taught at the University of Hawai‘I at Mānoa for over 17 years and is presently an assistant professor at Kawaihuelani Center for Hawaiian Language. Together the duo works as co-kumu (teacher) hula for their haālau (school), Hālau Ka La ‘Onohi Mai O Ha‘eha‘e.
Halau Ka Lā ‘Ōnohi Mai O Ha‘Eha‘E
The hālau opened its doors with the blessings of both Kumu Hula 'OBrian Eselu and Kimo Alama Keaulana on August 6, 2005 and sits under the instruction of a husband and wife team, Tracie and Keawe Lopes. Together as educators and practitioners of the Hawaiian Language and Culture they offer their students a learning environment rich in history, upholding a rich legacy preserved in the mele hula and mele oli of old.
The hālau has been active since its opening, gracing a number of highly revered stages including the reknowned Hawai‘i Theatre and participating in hula competitions including Hula ‘Oni Ē, Iā ‘Oe E Ka Lā, The King Kamehameha Day Hula Competition and the prestigious Merrie Monarch Hula Festival. The hälau is located in Kahauiki, O‘ahu on Rose Street and offer hula classes for ages 5 and above.