Because my father was in the Army, we left the islands in 1940 and I spent a good part of my life traveling all over the United States, which also included a tour of duty in the Panama Canal Zone. It was in Panama at the age of nine that I was first exposed to my Hawaiian heritage. It is a love and a dedication for this heritage that has stayed with me all of my life.
I started teaching hula in 1971. In September of 1973, Halau Kamakahiwaokalani was formed. The halau presents cultural education programs within the Tri-Cities(Kennewick, Richland and Pasco) school systems and throughout eastern Washington.
In 1981, I joined the Hui O Na Kumu Hula in Seattle, Washington. Over the years the Hui has offered me the opportunity to learn from many different Kumu Hula. When the halau was formed, the prime objective was to provide Hawaiian entertainment. As my knowledge has grown my objective has changed. I find myself more involved in the Hawaiian culture. The Kumu Hula have been generous in the sharing of their mana`o and it is my wish to pass on what has been shared with me. I have found that learning never ends, the focus changes.
Me ke aloha,