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©2019 by Ka Hula O ʻIlima.

OUR HULA LINEAGE

KHOI is grateful for the mentorship of our loea hula Frank Kawaikapuokalani Hewett and daughter, kumu hula Ula Hewett. 

Known affectionately as Lehua, Kawaikapuokalaniʻs knowledge was gained from various sources; Aunty ʻIolani Luahine, Aunty Edith Kanakaʻole who taught him language and poetry, and Aunty Emma DeFries whom taught Lehua hula and healing traditions. It was with Aunty Emma that he formally graduated through ʻūniki ceremony. In addition to being a hula master, Lehua is also a renowned 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

ILIMA KAM MARTINEZ

Founder and director of KHOI, Aunty Ilima 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.

Aunty 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, Aunty Ilima was fortunate to conduct collaborative fieldwork with local Native Hawaiian, Kumeyaay, and Oaxacan communities.

In addition to regular classes held at the hālau, Aunty Ilima serves the Oceanside community with free classes for seniors in partnership with the Oceanside Senior Center. Serving the Native Hawaiian community, she was the 2018 Director of Youth Enrichment at Hui O Hawaiʻi of San Diego and currently serves as the 2019 Director of Culture.