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Welina mai,

Hula has played a huge and important part of my life. It has given me tremendous joy and grounding as a wahine maoli. My hula journey began when I was about 5 years old when my Mom enrolled me in a class under Kuʻulei Clark at ʻAiea Rec Center. As a senior at Kamehameha Schools (Kapālama), I gained more exposure to this art form under Nona Beamer and Robert Cazimero. After I graduated from Kamehameha in 1973, I began to seriously study hula kahiko and hula ʻauana for decades up until this very day. My first teaching experience started with a hula club at Kamehameha and now I also have my own hālau called Hālau Hula O Nā Momi Makamae, located on the windward side of Oʻahu.


I have had the privilege of learning hula from a variety of kumu, but the following are the names of those from whom I carry on hula traditions:


Maiki Aiu


Hoakalei Kamauʻu


George Holokai


Kimo Alama Keaulana


Edward P. Kalāhiki, Jr. (graduate of Maiki Aiu Lake in Papa Kukui; and after her passing, Sally Wood Naluai and Kauʻi Zuttermeister). I ʻūniki as kumu hula under Kumu Ed in the Papa Lau Kukui.


It is my goal in life to pass on the hula I learned from these esteemed and renown kumu hula and not to make changes in the choreography of their treasured dances.

Iʻll always remember a quote from Kumu Ed: "Becoming a kumu hula is only the beginning."


Ke aloha, C. Leimomi Akana




 

Collette Akana

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