Kupukalālā Steering Committee
Kumu Hula (O'ahu)
Mehanaokalā Hind is from Pālolo Valley, Oʻahu. She She was uniki by Kumu Hula Leinaʻala Heine Kalama in 2009. She is an educator, community advocate and reknowned chanter. Mehana serves as Senior Vice President, Community Programs for Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement.
Kumu Hula, Pāʻū O Hiʻiaka (Maui)
Hōkūlani Holt was born in Honolulu and raised on Maui and Oʻahu. She received her hula training from her grandmother Ida Pakulani Long, her aunt Kahili Cummings, mother Leiana Woodside and Kumu Hula Hoakalei Kamau‘u. Hōkūlani has been the Kumu Hula for Pāʻū O Hiʻiaka of Maui, for 45 years. She works at the UH Maui College at Ka Hikina O Ka Lā scholarship program. Hōkūlani has devoted her professional and personal life to teaching, promoting, and supporting Hawaiian culture.
Kumu Hula, Hālau Keʻalaokamaile (Maui)
Henohea Kāne is one of two Kumu Hula of Maui based hālau, Hālau Keʻalaokamaile. Keʻalaokamaile is a legacy based hālau founded by Kumu Nui Kealiʻi Reichel. Her passion for the ʻike of her kūpuna has led her to become a Kumu Aʻo at several Hawaiian based educational systems such as Ke Kula Kaiapuni ʻo Maui and currently teaches at Ke Kula Kiʻekiʻe ʻo Kamehameha, ʻAʻapueo campus.
Kumu Hula, Hālau Hula I Kona Mau Lima (Maui)
Kēhaulani Kaneholani-Santiago was born on Maui and raised on Kauaʻi where she first started hula with aunty Beverly Muraoka. Later she moved to Maui and joined Hālau hula I kona mau lima founded by kumu Ualani Makaʻike Calleja in 2000. Sadly, we lost Kumu Ualani to cancer and with permission and a proper ceremony from kauka kumu ʻanakē Hōkūlani Holt, Kēhaulani accepted the kuleana to continue to perpetuate our culture as new kumu hula of Hālau hula I kona mau lima.
Cody Pueo Pata
Kumu Hula, Hālau Hula ʻo ka Malama Mahilani (Maui/Oʻahu/Japan)
Cody Pueo Pata has been the kumu hula of Hālau Hula ʻo Ka Malama Mahilani (Maui/Oʻahu/Japan) since its inception in January 2003. Although his formal ʻūniki rites were administered to him in September 2001 by Kumu Hula Nona Mahilani Kaluhiokalani (Maui) and Loea Hula George Lanakilakeikiahialiʻi Nāʻope (Hawaiʻi), he underwent additional intensive trainings under Kumu Hula Keʻala Kūkona (Maui), Kumu Hula Jay Jay Ahulau Akiona (Hawaiʻi), and Loea Hula Hilda Keanaʻāina (Hawaiʻi).
K. Holoaumoku Ralar
Kumu Hula, Nā Pua o Kapiʻolani Hula Studio (Maui)
K. Holoaumoku Ralar is the kumu hula of the Nā Pua o Kapiʻolani Hula Studio and the Napili Kai Foundation for over 40 years. She received her Uniki from her grand-aunt Emma Kapiʻolani Farden Sharpe in 1981. She continues to share her love for the Hula and the legacy she has been blessed with.
Kumu Hula, Kaleiokaulupalai (Hawaiʻi Island)
Lahela Spencer was born and raised in Keʻei, Kona, Hawaiʻi. Her passion for hula has culminated into the formal rite of ʻūniki ʻailolo under Kumu Hula Ulalia Kaʻai Berman. Lahela is the Kumu Hula of Kaleiokaulupalai based in Waimea, Hawaiʻi. Kumu Lahela currently serves as a culture specialist, educator, and is proficient in the art of lei.
Tatiana Tseu Fox
Kumu Hula, Nā Lei O Ka ʻIwa Haʻa I Ka Lani (Oʻahu)
Tatiana Tseu Fox is from Honouliuli, ʻEwa, Oʻahu. She is the middle daughter of Kumu Hula ʻIwalani Tseu and has continued their family legacy as the Kumu Hula of Nā Lei O Ka ʻIwa Haʻa I Ka Lani. She has worked for Kamehameha Schools for 20 years and served in various roles from teacher to administrator. Tatiana is a passionate educator, cultural practitioner, and devoted wife and mother who is inspired by tradition and ignited by innovation.
Kumu Hula, Hālau Nā Maka o ka Lauaʻe (Oʻahu)
Laua'e Yamasaki was born and raised on the island of O'ahu. She is the Kumu Hula of Hālau Nā Maka o ka Laua'e, a full time Hawaiian History/Hawaiian Studies teacher for the DOE and a mother of 1. Laua'e opened the hālau in 2008 after 'Ūniki Hu'elepo with Uncle Kimo Alama Keaulana (Hula 'Ōlapa and Hula Pahu) and Kumu Hula Jamie Kawēwehi Koga. Kumu Laua'e is a member of Huamakahikina and part of the Leo Kāhoa Steering Committee.