ABOUT KALEINANI O KE KUKUI
Kaleinani o ke Kukui
The beautiful lei of the Kukui.
"Hula is the language of the heart and therefore the heartbeat
of the Hawaiian people"
King David (Kawika) La'amea Kalakaua
Aunty Deva Leinani Aiko Yamashiro was originally from Honolulu, HI. She and her two sons Kaloku and Keawe left Hawai`i in 1995 and moved to Nashville TN where she began sharing her love of hula and Hawai'i. After three years they moved to Vancouver, WA. Kaloku and Keawe split their time between Hawai`i, the mainland and Japan.
Kaloku's Kumu Hula (hula master) is Victoria Holt Takamine, who is highly respected in Hawai'i, a political activist on preserving Hawai'i and Hawaiian culture, president of 'Ilioulaokalani, a coalition of Kuma Hula. Vicky's Kuma Hula is the late Aunty Maiki Aiu Lake. Aunty Deva and her sons Kaloku and Keawe are currently studying with Vicky to gain more knowledge in all things Hawaiian. Aunty Vicky also gave her halau the name Kaleinani o ke Kukui, "The Beautiful Lei of the Kukui".
Kaloku teaches traditional hula to wahine, kane and keiki. Visit the classes page to find out times and dates of lessons and enrollment information.