Through our Kupuna, we share the knowledge of the past, blend it with the experiences and environment of the present, and move together to create the future.
Hālau Hi'iakaināmakalehua has classes in kahiko (traditional hula) and 'auana (contemporary hula). Our mission is to maintain and perpetuate beliefs, cultural practices, philosophies and traditions of the indigenous people of Hawai’i through the Hawaiian art form, hula via ongoing educational programs, classes, workshops, concerts and conferences.
Nā Kumu Hula, Ke'ano Ka'upu and Lono Padilla, opened Hālau Hi'iakaināmakalehua in September 2008. The hālau name, meaning Hi'iaka in the eyes of the lehua, pays tribute to their various Kumu Hula and their hula lineage. Ke'ano was a haumana of Rae Fonseca and Johnny Lum Ho of Hilo, and Lono was a haumana of Holoua Stender of O'ahu. With the blessings of their respective Kumu Hula, both Lono and Ke'ano completed traditional 'ūniki ceremonies with their mother, Kumu Hula Hokulani Holt of Maui. Currently Hālau Hi'iakaināmakalehua offers classes for Kaikamahine, Keiki Kane, Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced Wahine, Beginner and Advanced Kane, as well as Kupuna Wahine in Kalihi.