Makalani Kulihaʻapai is the Kumu hula (hula instructor) of Hālau Hula O Makalani Nā Pilialoha. She comes to us from Papakōlea, located on the beautiful island of O’ahu. Makalani has been dancing hula competitively and recreationally her entire life. She was trained on O'ahu under Kumu Hula, Pinky Ohelo, and is honored to be currently studying under the direction and 'ike of world renowned composer and Kumu Hula Frank "Lehua" Kawaikapuokalani Hewett and Kumu Hula Oheloulaokalani "Ula" Hewett. Makalani joyfully shares with her haumāna (students) the knowledge that has been passed down to her by her Kumu. She takes great pride in perpetuating the Hawaiian culture through the language, customs, and traditions of the Hawaiian people.
"May you have Grace in your step
Song in your hand and
Aloha in your heart."
Where the Passion Begins
Lehua Kawaikapuokalani Hewett.
Kumu Hula, Kahuna, Healer, Spiritual & Cultural Leader, Chanter, Composer
Kumu Ula Hewitt