Hālau Hula O Kāʻeo is proud to announce that our first annual Na Pua Hula Festival was an overwhelming success! Mahalo to all the hālau that participated, our fabulous team of cultural advisors, and all the volunteers who made it all possible!
SAVE THE DATE!!
We look forward to next year's festival on October 16-17th.
‘Iokepa De Santos has been a language and culture consultant for more than thirty years to numerous recording artists/groups, as well as various community organizations and hālau hula throughout Hawai‘i, the western region of the United States, London, England, and different areas in Japan and Okinawa. He was a language judge at the George Nā‘ope Hula Festival, on the Sterling Scholarship Committee, and Ho‘okūkū Mele at Castle High School.
Chinky Māhoe began dancing hula in December of 1967 under hula master “Uncle” George Nā‘ope. In November of 1979 Māhoe, with the help and consent of his kumu Darrell Lupenui, began teaching his hālau Kawaili‘ula in Kailua, O‘ahu. Chinky and his hālau have committed themselves to teach the art of hula, the Hawaiian culture and the cultural protocol to their students.
'Iokepa De Santos
Master of Ceremonies
Head Cultural Advisor
Wallis Jesse Kapuaokalani Punua was born and raised on Kaua’i.He is the son of Kaua’i entertainers, Victor Kaleikaimana Punua & the late Kumu Hula Ku’ulei Punua. He and his wife are Kumu Hula of Halau Na Punua O Kaua’i. Wallis has chaired many non-profit organizations, and is a leader in the business community on Kaua’i. Wallis has dedicated his life to teaching Kauai’s youth about the culture of Hawai’i and Tahiti.
Born and raised on Kaua’i, Kumu Hula Shana Punua started taking her first hula lessons at age 5, from Kumu Hula Ku’ulei Punua. Kumu Shana has studied, taught, and competed in hula kahiko and 'auana, as well as Tahitain dance. Together with her husband Wallis and their three sons, they have produced Polynesian shows at Kaua’i’s top resorts including the Kaua’i Marriott Resort and Beach Club, and the Grand Hyatt Kaua’i.