Halau Ho'omau I ka Wai Ola O Hawai'i
Dance is a window to one's soul, and the study of hula, by its very meaning, allows one to lift the hearts of all those that learn and share it with others to enjoy."
Joy - “Hauoli" - is in charge of assisting Kumu Manu Ikaika with the Papa Lehua and Papa Liko Lehua (women's upper-level and mid-level classes) and coordinating programs for Halau performances. She began the study of hula in 1971 under the tutelage of Kumu Hula Lovey Apana and later was a professional performer at Paradise Pacifica on her home island of Kauai.
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Juanita -“Kealoha” - assists with all classes, particularly helping students take good notes. Kealoha was born in Puunene, Maui and raised in Honolulu, where she began the study of hula at the age of 9. She continued hula during her teen years in Guam. Upon moving to Northern Virginia, Kealoha joined the Halau in 1996.
“Hula enables me to share the aloha spirit with others on the Mainland and keeps me connected to Hawaiian culture past and present."
Sabra -“Makalena” - teaches keiki (children's class) and other levels as well. She began her study of hula at the age of 4 in Honolulu. Makalena joined the Halau in 1998 after moving to the Washington DC area.
“Hula has embraced my heart and soul. I am committed to spreading Hawaiiana and the spirit of aloha."
Kathy - “Uluwehi” - teaches Papa Anoano (women's beginner class) and other levels as well including a weekly basic footdrill session for all levels. Born in Honolulu, Uluwehi began dancing at the age of 5 while living in Wake Island. She has lived in Northern Virginia since high school.
“Halau has given me structured training and a true sense of not only the meaning of hula but also of Hawaiian culture and language. I am honored to be entrusted with imparting this knowledge to students."