Coline Aiu

2017/2018 Honoree

Coline Aiu is kumu hula of Halau Hula O Maiki, started by her mother, Maiki Aiu Lake. Here she holds the story of the halau, ‘Hula is Life,’ by Rita Ariyoshi | Nathalie Walker photos What of the haumana (“students”) who inherit the traditions and teachings of the kumu (“teacher”)?

Kawaikapuokalani Hewett

Kawaikapuokalani Hewett

2007 & 2008 Kaua'i Honoree - Hau`oli Lā Hānau e Loea!

Frank Kawaikapuokalani Hewett is the kumu hula of Kuhai Halau O Kawaikapuolani Pa Olapa Kahiko, established in 1978. In his youth, he received specialized training from his grandmother, Eva Kana’e, and studied under Edith Kanaka’ole while attending the University of Hawaii at Hilo. He also studied with Aunty Emma Defries, and has since been recognized as her protégé. His work in the field of Hawaiian culture takes him off island and abroad on a regular basis. His halau now includes students from Kauai, Maui, O’ahu and Japan. 


Kealoha Kalama

2006 Kaua'i Honoree

Auntie Kealoha Kalama is well known as an entertainer, recording artist, producer and kumu hula for over 40 years. She is the kumu hula for Hula Halau O Pohai Kealoha since 1971, at the Bishop Museum where she also performed hula shows for over 25 years before retiring. For many years she produced her own Polynesian Review for many main show rooms in the Waikiki hotels.

After graduating in 1995 at Pu‘upueokapu, Waikane, Oahu, with traditional ‘uniki ceremonies under his teacher kumu hula Robert Uluwehiokalanionapuaikawekiu Cazimero, Crabbe founded Halauolaokalani in 1999. He is an educator, advocate and supporter for “our beloved keiki o ka ‘aina.” His motto is simple: “Aloha trumps everything in man’s world because God is love.”

maka herrod

Shane Kamakaokalani Herrod better known as "Maka", was born in Hale`iwa, O`ahu and raised by parents Juliette Aukai Kawahakui Herrod and Alfred Prado Sr. along with eleven brothers and sisters. Kumu Maka now resides in majestic Anahola, and is married to `Iwalani Ka`auwai who blessed him with three wonderful children, Anuhea, `Auli`i, and Kalalea. Interested in everything Hawaiian since the age of seven, Kumu Maka and began his formal hula training at age ten with Aunty `Iwalani Tseu of `Iwalani School of Dance.

Lahela Kaaihue is a Kumu Hula on the island of Oahu in Honolulu, Hawai’i. She began her Hula instruction with Aunty Maiki Aiu at the age of five. She would be the youngest of the female dancers that participated in the very first uniki of Maiki Aiu.

Na lima mili hulu no‘eau translates as “skilled hands touch the feathers,” but as their gorgeous lei and hatbands attest, Kahalepuna’s  students do much more. Many of them blossom into noted feather workers whose stunning creations can sell for over $1,500.
 For Kahalepuna, feather work is a family legacy. Her late parents, Paul and Mary Lou Kekuewa, were considered the foremost proponents of the art. The Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawai‘i named Mary Lou a  Living Treasure in 2003; two years later, Paulette and Mary Lou received the O‘o Award from the Native Hawaiian Chamber of Commerce.


Aloha mai kakou. My name is Bryan Tolentino.  I am a self taught ‘ukulele player from the island of O’ahu. I started playing the ‘ukulele at the age of 10.  At the age of 12, my best friend Asa Young first introduced me to playing Hawaiian music on the ‘ukulele. Our early influences were the musical groups, “The Son’s of Hawai’i” and “The Sunday Mānoa.”  After graduating from St.

Hinaleimoana Wong is a community leader, teacher, kumu hula and cultural practitioner.  Her roots are found on the island of Oʻahu yet has family ties throughout Hawaiʻi.  She currently teaches incarcerated men within the Hawaiʻi prison system and can often be found helping many within her family and social circles.  Hinaleimoana became a highly recognized face amongst other Kanaka Maoli pro-independence advocates after the continued success of her documentary film “Kumu Hina” and the shorter youth friendly rendering entitled “A Place In The Middle”. 

Pohai’s study and love for the hula began at the age of four, when she danced her first steps under the instruction of George Holokai and his mother, Alice Holokai. At eight, she began dancing for her aunt, Maiki Aiu, at her Ke`eaumoku Street halau until her college years. After raising her family, she later completed her studies, graduating as Kumu hula in 1991 from Mae Kamamalu Klein in the Papa Maile Kaluhea class.

KUMU La'amea Almeida

Kumu Hula Cristy “La`ameamaitahititūtahitimoe” Almeida was born and raised in Hanama`ulu, Kaua`i.  She is eldest of four children of the late Ricky Ochoco and Carmen Mōhala Butacan.  “I was fortunate to have loving parents who encouraged me to nurture and work hard at things that are important and close to my heart.  I am also blessed with the love and support of my husband, Bertram Kaukahi Almeida, who stands beside me through it all.”