Kumu and Instructor Biographies
VICTORIA HOLT TAKAMINE, KUMU HULA
Intermediate Adult/Keiki Kahiko and Advanced Adult `Auana
Aunty Vicky is the founder and kumu hula of Pua Ali’i ‘Ilima, founded in 1977. She is a lecturer at the University of Hawai`i and Leeward Community College. She has served as a judge at Merrie Monarch for the last 8 years.
Aunty Vicky co-founded and serves as president of `Ilio`ulaokalani, a coalition of traditional practitioners committed to protecting their Hawaiian customs and traditions. She is also co-founder and president of KAHEA: The Hawaiian Environmental Alliance, a coalition of Hawaiian and Environmental organizations committed to protecting the natural and cultural environment of Hawai’i. Vicky is co-founder and Executive Director of PA`I foundation on O’ahu which sponsors the annual Hapa Haole Hula Festival on O’ahu and Las Vegas.
ROBERT CAZIMERO, KUMU HULA
Advanced Adult Kahiko and `Auana
In the 1970's, Robert Cazimero was instrumental in the resurgence of Hawaiian music and culture. That resurgence began a career that almost thirty years later is stronger than ever. Musician, composer, kumu hula...his work in all of these areas is well-known throughout the world. Robert is a Grammy-nominated, Hoku award winning musician and composer with sibling Roland as the Brothers Cazimero. He is the kumu hula of Na Kamalei, a halau he founded over 30 years ago. Halau Na Kamalei won the overall trophy at the 2005 Merrie Monarch Festival.
LEIALOHA LIM AMINA, KUMU HULA
Advanced Adult `Auana, Oli and Intermediate Kahiko
Leialoha Amina is the kumu hula of the Nä Lei O Kaholoku along with her sister Nani Lim Yap. Their parents were instrumental in nurturing their children with Hawaiian music and hula that would eventually lead their family to form the renowned Na Hoku Hanohano Award winning traditional Hawaiian musical group, The Lim Family of Kohala.
Her mother Mary Ann Neula Lim was her first teacher as well as her Aunt Margaret Kaleolani Moku. She was taught by other great Kumu Hula such as Iolani Luahine, George Naope, Darrel Lupenui and Edith Kanaka'ole.
Since starting the halau in Waianae, Oahu in 1979 it has since moved to the Big Island of Hawaii where she has been a participating judge of the Merrie Monarch Hula Competition as well as competitor. In 2004, Nä Lei O Kaholoku was awarded the top honor of Overall Merrie Monarch winner. Leialoha is an avid researcher of Hawaiian history and culture. Through one of her mentors Pilahi Paki, she was given and teaches and lives the philosophy of Aloha shared with her. It is the philosophy of Nä Lei O Kaholoku.
CHARLES MANU`AIKOHANA "Manu" BOYD, KUMU HULA
Kahiko,`Auana, Haku Mele,`Oli
Manu Boyd is a `uniki graduate of Robert Cazimero’s Halau Na Kamalei and is the kumu hula of Halau o ke A`ali`i ka Makani whose wahine won fifth place in kahiko and 'auana at the 2005 Merrie Monarch Festival. Manu served as the public information director for the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, and was a commissioner for the State Foundation on Culture and Arts. Currently he is the Cultural Director for the Royal Hawaiian Center in Waikiki. Manu is the leader, composer, vocal arranger and `ukulele player of Ho`okena, a Grammy and Hoku nominated group in Hawai’i who celebrated their 20th anniversary.
DEVA LEINANI YAMASHIRO
Hula instructor, Deva Leinani Aiko Yamashiro is originally from Honolulu, Hawai`i. She and her two sons Kaloku and Keawe left O`ahu in 1995 and moved to Nashville, Tenessee where she began sharing her love of hula and Hawai'i. In 1998, they moved to Vancouver, Washington and started the halau. Her kumu is Aunty Vicky Holt Takamine who gave the halau it's name, Kaleinani o ke Kukui. They have performed in professional settings such as HAPA and TV's Extreme Makeover: Home Edition as well as festivals and small community events. She is the Executive Director of Ke Kukui Foundation and the driving impetus behind Ke Kukui's programs and events.
PAULETTE KAHALEPUNA, MASTER FEATHER ARTISAN
Paulette Kahalepuna has been practicing the ancient Hawaiian art of feather lei making for thirty years. Inspired by her mother and teacher, Mary Lou Kekuewa, better known as the “feather lady,” she originally took up the art of feather lei making as part of a Hawaiian Studies project in high school at Kamehameha Schools. Paulette has since gone on to lead feather lei making workshops around the world. She has served as manager of The Bishop Museum’s Atherton Halau, construction consultant of Kahili making, as well as feather lei and cape, and the cultural extension preservation for art with Kamehameha Schools.
In 2000, she received an honor for cultural preservation in the art of hulu through the Hawai’i Historic Foundation. Exhibits of her unique art form have been seen at The University of Hawai’i Art Gallery and the Honolulu Academy of Arts. Paulette served as one of Hawai’i’s featured artists in the “Changing Hands” exhibit, sponsored by New York’s Museum of Arts and Design, which traveled all around the U.S. Paulette opened a feather shop providing supplies and classes with her parents, Paul and Mary Lou Kekuewa, and she is the author of two books.
MAILE ANDRADE, MASTER ARTISAN
`Ohe Kapala and Basketweaving
Ivy Hāliʻimaile Andrade is a multi-media artist and has a Masters of Fine Art degree from the University of Hawai’i-Mānoa. She presently is an Associate Professor at Kamakakuokalani Center for Hawaiian Studies at the University of Hawai’i-Mānoa developing and teaching in a Native Hawaiian Creative Expression Program.
She has received a variety of academic awards and was selected by the Folk Arts Apprentice Program with Master Weaver Elizabeth Lee and received the 1998 Visual Arts Fellowship from Hawai’i State Foundation on Culture and the Arts. She has participated in several Indigenous Symposiums/Gatherings in New Zealand, Tahiti, and the Longhouse Evergreen State College, Washington. Maile was artist-in-resident at Toimairangi, Waiariki, New Zealand, Alaska Heritage Center, Anchorage and School for Advanced Research, Santa Fe. She serves as an Affiliate Researcher at Bishop Museum and has presented and exhibited locally, nationally and internationally.
ALLIE JEREMIAH, LEI ARTISAN
Lei Wili and Lei Haku
Born and raised on the windward side of O'ahu, where flowers grow abundantly, Aunty Allie had the opportunity to watch and learn from beautiful lei makers. As a child, she sat quietly watching and mimicking the masters waiting patiently to practice what she had learned. She has adorned many with her beautiful and colorful leis and the use of the beautiful hydrangea has become her signature at Northwest summer events. At this year's festival and workshop, she brings her mana'o (thoughts), mo'olelo (stories), and expertise to share with this year's haumana.
DR. BOB CROMWELL, NATIONAL PARK RANGER
Kanaka Village Tour
Dr. Robert J. (Bob) Cromwell has been an archaeologist with the National Park Service since 2000. Bob grew up in Oregon and has always been fascinated by history, and while on various elementary school field trips to places like Champoeg and Fort Vancouver, he became enamored with the stories of the 19th century settlement of the Willamette Valley by French Canadian trappers of the Hudson’s Bay Company. This led to studies in History and Historical Archaeology at Oregon State University, and he attained an M.A. in Applied Anthropology with an emphasis in Historical Archaeology. After working as a contract archaeologist for various firms throughout the nation, and a two year stint working for Delaware State Parks, Bob attended Syracuse University where he successfully obtained his Ph.D. in 2006