Mike Kop intended to make his career in marketing, and graduated from the University of Hawai`i in 1972 with that degree in hand. In the end, however, he followed his father`s passion and took over the family business, Hula Supply Center. His dad simply asked him to experience the work first-hand, and Mike found that he enjoyed it. Loving your work is the key to success, and Mike is passionate about perpetuating the Hawaiian culture through this business and his hula life. He is grateful for the blessing to be born and raised in Hawai`i, and be able to share its rich artistic heritage, as an implement maker and teacher, and as a source for "all things hula" to the wide hula community.
Mike learned to make hula implements from the age of four. He understood the family commitment to provide much needed tools for the hula community. He watched his sister go to hula classes, and then later he was asked to join Robert Cazimero`s new halau in the 1970`s.
After 61 years on King Street in Honolulu, Hula Supply Center could not pass up the invitation also to be in Waikiki. April 2007 marked the opening of a second location "MANA HAWAI`I -- the Spirit of Hawai`i Nei". There, Mike is happily near the ocean and each Sunday he shares the stories of hula, and the use of hula implements. Mike`s classes are a joy to him and his students, as the love of hula brings them together. When you make your own implement, as you can in Mike`s `uli`uli (rattling gourd) workshop, you will experience the details and hard work that goes into every implement – and you will have fun, too!