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In both her professional career and as Kumu Hula, Ulalia Woodside is dedicated to the thriving lands, seas, people and culture of Hawaiʻi. Hula has always been a part of her life and under the direction of her maternal relatives, she completed the ʻuniki rites of her family’s genealogical hula tradition.

Her mother Kumu Hula Leiana Long Woodside was her first hula teacher and she also trained with her aunt Kumu Hula Mae Ulalia Loebenstein (Ka Pā Hula O Kauanoe O Waʻahila). It was Ulalia’s grandmother, Ida Pakulani Kaiʻanui Long who was the first Kumu Hula of her mother and aunt. Ulalia also credits time she spent learning with two of her cousins Kumu Hula Kaulana Kasparovitch (Lehua Dance Company) and Kumu Hula Ellen Castillo (Hālau Hula O Pukaikapuaokalani) who shared with her the pure joy, physical grace and emotional expression of hula.

Ulalia completed her Kumu Hula training through ʻuniki under the direction of her sister, Kumu Hula Hōkūlani Holt (Pāʻū O Hiʻiaka). She has participated in competitions including the Merrie Monarch Hula Festival placing in solo and several group awards. Currently, she collaborates with other Kumu Hula to prepare dancers for competition, and to create, direct and tour recognized hula productions such as Kahekili: Maui’s Paramount Chief and Kūlanikākoʻi: Living Waters. Ulalia is also an invited judge and workshop presenter for Kū Mai Ka Hula and E Hula Mai.


Ulalia Woodside

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