Halau Hi'iakainamakalehua

Perpetuating Hula For Future Generations

Nā Kumu Hula

Robert Ke’anokealakahikikapoleikamaka’opua Ka’upu IV was born and raised in Keaukaha on the island of Hawai’i.   Ke’ano started his hula journey at age 6 in the little hometown community church. As a haumana of Kumu Hula Rae Fonseca and Johnny Lum Ho, Ke’ano served as an ‘olapa, ho’opa’a, alaka’i, musician, as well as a choreographer throughout the years.  He has also participated in various hula competitions including the Merrie Monarch Hula Festival, Lili’uokalani Keiki Hula Competition, and E Ho’i Mai I Ka Piko Hula World Hula Competition, with his respective halau, where they have won many group and solo awards.

Ke'ano has performed across the globe including the continental United States, Japan, Tahiti, Mexico, New Zealand and Europe.

In 2002, Ke’ano relocated to Honolulu to dance in some of Hawai’i’s most prestigious production shows.  The glitz and glam of the stage was not enough to fulfill his desire for more knowledge and skill in hula and the Hawaiian culture. This enduring love for hula has led him to complete ‘ūniki ceremonies in August 2008 under Kumu Hula Hokulani Holt.  He is now a Kumu Hula, along with Lono Padilla, of Hālau Hi’iakaināmakalehua based on O’ahu. 

 

Kauhilonohonua Padilla was born and raised on the island of Maui.  Born into a family of Kumu Hula and dancers, Lono's life was surrounded with Hawaiian culture. Under the guidance of his mother Hokulani Holt he learned the ways of his people and the traditions of Hawai'i.  After graduating from high school, Lono moved to O'ahu to attend The University of Hawai'i-Manoa.  His mother sent him to dance for Kumu Hula Holoua Stender and Ka Pā Hula O Kamehameha.  With them he competed in The Merrie Monarch Hula Festival garnering many awards.

He has performed across the globe including the continental United States, Japan, Tahiti, New Zealand and Europe.  He has danced throughout the Hawaiian islands including several years at the legendary Kodak Hula Show until their closing in 2002. 

In 2005, his mother decided it was time for Lono to seriously dedicate his life to hula and began his training to become a Kumu Hula.  In August 2008 he completed 'ūniki ceremonies and is now Kumu Hula along with Ke'ano Ka'upu of Hālau Hi'iakaināmakalehua.

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Monday, May 29 at 5:30 PM - 6:45 PM
Tuesday, May 30 at 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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