Celebrating 34 years of culture and dance

More than a hundred young dancers took the stage during the Na Hula O Kaohikupakulani under the direction of Kumu Hula Kapu Kinimaka-Alquiza Hula Hoike 2016.

The event celebrates the halau’s 34th anniversary and showcased the achievements of its members as the halau takes a break for the summer.

“As Kumu Hula, I continue to share Polynesian dance with my students as I was taught by Na Kumu Hula Lovey Apana, Joseph Kahaulelio, Frank Kahala and Tahitian teacher Tetu Kameenui,” Kinimaka-Alquiza said. “Without their knowledge, expertise, and love for dance and culture, I could not have been here for as long as I have.”

The hoike was also graced by the talent of No Te Here O Tiare, a halau from Oahu who is directed by Jason and Kaleinani Guillory Kinimaka.

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