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

Hula instructor, Deva Leinani Aiko Yamashiro is 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 and Aunty Deva is now in Portland, Oregon.  

Deva'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. 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".

Deva teaches traditional hula to wahine, kane and keiki. Visit the classes page to find out times and dates of lessons and enrollment information.


How much do lessons cost?

Come to the first class. If you like the class structure and want to enroll, we can talk. Please contact Kaloku Holt at 808-600-8040 or email: kaloku@kekukuifoundation.com

Do you teach traditional hula?

I come from a traditional hula halau, and that is what I teach.

Are you Hawaiian?

Yes, I am Hawaiian.

Are classes all-year round and where can I take them?

All classes are year round. We offer classes at the Ke Kukui Arts & Cultural Center at 301 E McLoughlin Blvd. Suite #D  Vancouver, WA 98663.