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Hālau Ka Waikahe Lani Mālie

Hālau Kahulaliwai

Ka Waikahe Lani Mālie, translated means "the peaceful, heavenly, flowing water," while Kahulaliwai means "the water's reflection."  These combined hālau are the vision and personification of their kumu hula, both past and present. Established in 1997 on the island of O`ahu, Ka Waikahe Lani Mālie a me Kahulaliwai now have halau on Kaua`i, Sacramento and Antioch, California, Japan and Montana.

The hālau vision is to enhance and to sustain strong cultural and spiritual values by better educating the hula practitioner to care, support and respect the dance; so that each practitioner, as they aspire to their full potential, can spiritually and humbly make a contributing impact (through example) to the community and all walks of life.  The hālau mission is that all properties of knowledge, wisdom and cultural aspects belonging to the dance as passed down and rooted from generation to generation, shall be maintained by the halau principals for the benefit of all who are part of the dance.

Born in Honolulu, Kumu Blaine Kamalani Kia has studied under some of the most respected and disciplined kumu hula:  John Keoni Martin, Darrell Lupenui, and John Kaimikaua.  Seeing “the stirring of emotions and incredible joy in the face of a dedicated haumana performing the Hawaiian poetry of dance” is what inspires him.  Kumu Kamalani currently receives guidance in hula, and spirituality, from his studies under Kumu Hula Frank Kawaikapu Hewett, whom he credits for teaching him the meaning of compassion.  He humbly attributes his success as a kumu hula to knowing his place in life.  Being successful “requires a balance of knowing my place in life, not only as a kumu, but also as a father, brother, uncle, husband, and son. I  am a human being first, before any label or title is placed upon me, before I take on any another role.  Knowing my place in all aspects of my life allows me to be myself, without ever having to give up my identity.”

Originally from the island of Kaua`i, Kumu Juni Kalāhikiola Romuar began dancing the hula at the age of 8.  She has studied under some of the most respected kumu hula and currently studies under Kumu Hula Blaine Kamalani Kia, and Kumu Hula Michael Keala Ching.  She attributes her deeper love of hula and lessons in spirituality to the teachings shared by both kumu hula.  “I didn't realize that I wanted to be a kumu until I met Kumu Blaine and Kumu Keala.  I saw a kind of love that the two of them had for hula.  I saw the love that went into hula and I wanted to do the same - I wanted the opportunity to perpetuate our culture and hula.”

In 1999, Kumu Kalāhikiola moved from Lihu`e, Kaua`i to Sacramento, California.  There, she and Kumu Kamalani opened the doors of the Sacramento hālau, starting with fifteen students.  The number of haumana grew over the years.  In 2001, Kumu Kalāhikiola opened the Antioch branch, while Kumu Kamalani opened two in Japan.  Halau Ka Waikahe Lani Mālie and Halau Kahulaliwai are proud to have two sister halau:  Hiva Nui in Stockton, California, directed by Kumu Debbie Haumea Aynaga, and Na Wai Ola in Sunnyvale, California, directed by Kumu Kaui Isa-Kahaku.

All haumana within the hālau believe in giving back to the community.  The hālau has performed at events such as the American Cancer Society Walk for a Cure and Race for a Cure, Special Olympics and Shriner’s Hospital.  The halau has also given performances for the Folsom Chamber of Commerce, Sacramento State University, Census 2000, HGTV (Home and Garden Television), Pie Town Productions, Montgomery Watson Harza, KVIE Television, Good Day Sacramento, Hawai’i Visitors Bureau, Stoneman Village Senior Center, Pittsburg Heritage Festival, Corn Festival, May Day Festival, Consumnes River College, Kikoman Shoyu, ‘Ia ‘Oe E Kala Hula Competition, Mai Kahiki Mai Hula Competition, North Columbia Folklife Festival and many more!  At Christmas time, they carol at the Shriner’s Hospital.  Every year, a special charity such as the Special Olympics is chosen to receive the proceeds from hālau luau raffles.

Under the direction of Kumu Kamalani and Kumu Kalāhikiola, the hālau vision of unity and hula preservation has spanned the vast Pacific waters.  As the future comes to pass, Kumu Kamalani and Kumu Kalāhikiola will welcome new traditions and the evolution of the hula art form.  Just as the water's reflection blends the grace and beauty of heaven and earth, so too will the creations and contributions of our halau, blend the world of hula and Hawaiiana, both past and present.

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