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Māpuana de Silva, Hālau Mōhala ‘Ilima

Noon, Sunday May 7

Māpuana de Silva is a graduate of Punahou School (1967) and Pacific University (1971). In 1975, she graduated as a kumu hula from Maiki Aiu Lake and, a year later, opened Hālau Mōhala ‘Ilima. She continued her hula studies under Lani Kalama, Sally Wood Naluai, and Pat Namaka Bacon, and completed three years of Hawaiian language study at UH Mānoa. In addition to teaching or supervising all of the hālau's 14 weekly classes, Māpu has been a part-time kumu hula at the Hawaiian language immersion school Ke Kula ‘O Samuel M. Kamakau, and she has volunteered for 30 years as the kumu hula of the Kamehameha Schools' hula club Nā Wāhine Hele Lā o Kaiona. In the summers of 2004, 2008, and 2012, she led the Hawai‘i delegation to the 9th, 10th, and 11th Festivals of Pacific Arts in Palau, American Samoa, the Solomon Islands, and -- in the summer of 2016-- she will do the same for the 12th FoPA in Guam.

Hālau Mōhala ‘Ilima is dedicated to the preservation of Hawaiian culture through hula. We specialize in traditionally learned and transmitted chants and dances, particularly those of the 18th and 19th centuries that celebrate the life of our land and people. We also work with a large repertoire of modern hula whose celebratory spirit is consistent with that of our older traditions. We are dedicated, finally, to the teaching of aloha, hō‘ihi, ala hāiki, and kūlia i ka nu‘u (love, reverence, discipline, and commitment to excellence) through hula, since we believe that hula means little if it fails to enrich our lives and make us better people.



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