Kaleinani O Ke Kukui was established in 1999 by the late, Deva Leinani Yamashiro and is currently under the direction of Kaloku Holt and Alyssa Reyes. Together they lead the halau hula (hula school), keeping Aunty Deva’s commitment to preserve and share the Native Hawaiian & Polynesian Arts through education in music, dance, language, and literature. Kaleinani O Ke Kukui has its own cultural center in Vancouver, Washington where we offer Hula, ‘Ukulele, Polynesian Dance, and Hawaiian Language classes year-round. Through our programs, our students are able to immerse themselves in the Hawaiian culture.
Kaleinani O Ke Kukui means The Beautiful Lei of the Kukui. The halau was given its name by Kumu Hula (Master Hula Teacher) Victoria Holt-Takamine as she also gave the blessing to open up the halau and to share cultural practices that have been passed down for generations. By teaching hula and other native arts, Kaleinani O Ke Kukui hopes to bring cultural awareness, appreciation and most of all the aloha spirit to the Pacific Northwest.