©2019 by Ka Hula O ʻIlima.


KHOI is grateful for the mentorship of our loea hula Frank Kawaikapuokalani Hewett and daughter, kumu hula Ula Hewett. Known affectionately as Lehua, Kawaikapuokalani is not only a gifted kumu hula from an extensive lineage, but a world-renown haku mele (song composer) and kahuna (healer). It is through Lehua and Ula's continued guidance that we have the privilege of passing on lineage traditions to our own haumāna.


Photo courtesy of John Bryant


Founder and director of KHOI, Ilima Kam Martinez has always felt a strong kuleana to perpetuate Hawaiian culture as a kanaka maoli (Native Hawaiian). She began Polynesian dancing in 1992, and in 2006, chose to focus and become a serious student of solely hula.

Ilima's yearning to learn more about indigenous cultural revitalization prompted her to return to higher education, and earn a degree in indigenous anthropology from California State University San Marcos. As an undergraduate, Ilima was fortunate to conduct collaborative fieldwork with local Native Hawaiian, Kumeyaay, and Oaxacan communities. In 2018, Ilima served as the Director of Youth Enrichment at Hui O Hawaiʻi of San Diego and currently serves as the 2019 Director of Culture.