“I feel that my life as a student of hula has truly been blessed by God”, says Kaua’i  dancer and teacher, Puamohala Kaholokula.   Noted Kumu such as, Uncle Joseph Kahaulelio, Ku’ulei Punua, Ed Collier, and others have had a profound impact on Kaholokula’s education as a young hula student.  However, it wasn’t until she began studying with Roselle Keli’ihonipua Bailey who now resides on Maui, that Puamohala began to seek a more serious study of this  art form.  “Mrs. Bailey taught us that hula was much more than coming to class and learning motions to songs or ancient chants.  Hula is a way of life, a study in a culture and a proper respect thereof”. “Dare to be a dancer, leave your shame at home” was a proverb that hung on Kumu Bailey’s wall.   Puamohala would perform the rite of uniki after 8 years with Bailey’s Kahiko Halapa’i I Hula Alapa’i Halau at Kaumakani, Kaua’i. She stayed on several more years before starting her own Halau at Kapa’a, Kaua’i


It was about that time that Puamohala met Robbie Kaholokula, son of famed hakumele, James Kalei Kaholokula.  The young couple unified their talents to create Na K Productions and together built a modest legacy of entertainment and hula for themselves on the Garden Isle.   “Halau  Mohala O Ka Pua Hau Hele , or the bud of the crawling hau, was the name given to my halau by my father-in-law”, Pua recalls fondly.  “He was our mentor and most profound critic”, says Robbie of his dad.  After stepping down from live performance and concentrating on his song writing, the senior Kaholokula who is known for such Hawaiian music classics as, Pua Olena, Nane, Kikau, Ke Ahi Wela and more, would guide Robbie and Puamohala through the business of music and performance.


Puamohala was the featured dancer with Na Kaholokula, Robbie’s band, while teaching Hula, 4 days a week, and keeping a full time work schedule. The band headlined the showrooms of,  The Sheraton Coconut Beach Hotel,  Aston Kauai Resort, Sheraton Kaua’i, and Outrigger Kaua’i Beach Resort. It was from Pua’s halau that a professional dance team was formed.  “ The Kaleinani Dancers”.


“Those were good times, and great memories, I sometimes miss the showroom performances”, recalls Puamohala in a moment that offers just a hint of reflective history


“But now we’re learning to grow up all over again and it’s so much fun” adds Robbie, as he animatedly describes raising their children in the business. “Baron, our oldest, grew up watching us perform, he already plays several instruments.   “Lei U’i loves to sing and play the drums.  She dances the hula, and often helps mom teach the younger children of the Halau”.  As a family, the Kaholokula’s perform at home in Hawaii and have been invited to Japan several times.


A new twist to the mix, has been the addition of Praise Hula to her schedule of classes offered .  “I’ve performed Hula Auwana in church for years.  Many Christian performers and churches, use hula to express their faith in God, it’s beautiful”.


When asked, how would you measure your success as a teacher of hula?


“God has blessed us with privilege to learn from our teachers before us.

This blessing continues when we pass that knowledge to others in the best way that we know how, with excellence, compassion and humility.  “My hope is that the blessing will continue long after I am gone…I’m good with that”.


 

Aloha Kakou

Dare to be a dancer...leave your shame at home

Puamohala Kaholokula

Classes:


Monday: Beginning/Intermediate Keiki 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.


Intermediate Ladies (Auana)

5:40 p.m. to 6:40 p.m..


Wednesday: Beginning/ Intermediate Teens/Adults 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m..


Advance/Master Class 5:40 p.m. to 7:40 p.m.


Private Instruction Available. Inquire about Individual and Group sessions at our location in Kapaa OR we come to you.




CLASS LOCATION

4474 Panihi Rd.

Kapaa, HI 96746


Cell: 808-346-0072

email: puamohala@gmail.com

“Excellence in Hula”