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As a keiki, my twin sister and I performed at Ala Moana Shopping Center in Honolulu on a regular basis, and learned hula in school as well as aunties and uncles in Pearl City. Through the guidance of my Kumu Keli'i Chang and my over 20 years with him and Hālau Ho’ola Ka Mana O Hawai’i, the kuleana to perpetuate the Hawaiian culture was passed on to me through traditional ‘uniki in 2008.

My background includes instruction and training in hula kahiko, hula ‘auana , ʻōlelo Hawai’i, oli, mele, costume making, as well as instrument making and playing. Because the journey of hula is never-ending, I additionally dedicate myself to furthering my knowledge through KS Distance Learning courses, UH Hawaiian language studies, ancient texts and books, old hula and chant recordings, and studying with other noted kumu hula.

Hula Lineage:

Kumu Hula Frank Keli’i Chang through Elizabeth Moana’ala Su’a Chang (his mother), Rebecca Kahale'eaokekaulike Ho’opi’i Bodnar, Sarah Moanikealaonapuamakahikina Wood Naluai, and George Holokai.

Continuing Education:

2014 - Ka 'Aha Hula 'O Hālauaola World Hula Conference - Kauaʻi Island

2018 - Ka 'Aha Hula 'O Hālauaola World Hula Conference - Hawai'i Island

Competitions:

2010 Houston, Texas - Mana I Ka Hula Competition

2003, 2004, 2007 Long Beach, California - E Hula Mau Hula & Oli Competition

2006 Hilo, Hawai’i - Merrie Monarch Hula Competition

Memberships and Associations:

The Dance Council, DFW International Community Alliance, Ocean Conservancy, Hoewa'a Outrigger Canoe Club, DFW AAPI Committee Member

 

Manulani Birkmire

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