Instructors

Kumu Hula Pamahoa Akina

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Originally from Waimanalo, Oahu, Kumu Pam began hula at age 7 with Auntie Annie Moss.  She danced for many years with the Kailua Dancers professional group under the direction of Kumu Lokalia Stearns as well as other Kumu in Hawaii and California.  She completed `uniki rites with Kumu Lokalia to graduate as Kumu Hula.  Kumu Pam founded Hālau Hula Pono in 2010 and she continues to teach all levels of hula classes for children, teens, adults, and seniors at the halau in Newcastle and also weekly hula classes for residents of Sun City Lincoln Hills. 

Tahitian Dance

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Our Tahitian dance instructors are Samantha & Julia Bustos.  Samantha has been teaching Ori Tahiti and Hula for over 10 years. Samantha, her sister Julia, Co-Director Olivia, and Co-Owner Gina, form the leadership of Otahi Mārama, Mea Ho'okahi, a competitive performing arts company located in Elk Grove, California. Their focus is to perpetuate the Hawaiian and Tahitian culture through the arts of dance, music, costume making, and story telling. 


Website: https://www.otahimarama.org/ 

Tahitian Drumming

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Our Tahitian drumming instructors have 50+ combined years of experience drumming for top Tahitian Dance Troupes.  They are highly skilled at developing drummers of all experience levels in a fun atmosphere!

Uke Kanikapila

Keoki Gordon

Keoki Gordon leads our semi-monthly Uke Kanikapila sessions.  He brings many years of experience playing and singing Hawaiian music with many talented local artists.  Keoki's singing and musical talents and his low-key style make our uke sessions enjoyable for all.