Kumu Hula Luana Kawa'a

E pa'a ke kahua ma mua o ke a'o 'ana aku ia ha'i.

Build yourself a firm foundation before teaching others.

Halau Hula Ka Makani Kili'o'opu was established in 1995 under the direction of Kumu Hula, Luana Kawa'a. Kumu Luana's kahua (foundation) in hula began at the tender of age of 6. Her kumu hula include Aunty Nina Maxwell of Pukalani Hula Hale and Iola Balubar of Halau Keola-Ali'i O Ke Kai. At the age of 16 she auditioned and was accepted into Halau Hula O Ka Makani Wili Makaha O Kaua'ula, under na Kumu Hula, Uluwehi Guerrero and Keali'i Reichel. She was given the title of alaka'i, thus learning to teach, instruct and conduct business within the halau. Under Keali'i, Kumu Luana began her formal training in oli (chanting). In 1993 she journeyed to the island of Hawai'i to further her studies at the University of Hawai'i Hilo campus. While in Hilo she studied hula with Halau O Kekuhi. In 2002 Kumu Luana completed the process of formal 'uniki under Kumu Hula Hokulani Holt-Padilla.

Kumu Luana has been active in the Hawaiian Immersion Program since 1992. She has worked at Punana Leo O Maui, Kula Kaiapuni Pa'ia, Kula Kaiapuni Keaukaha and Nawahiokalani'opu'u. She has served on the board of directors of Na Leo Pulama O Maui, the support organization for Punana Leo O Maui. She is the founder of Kamauliola Native Hawaiian Anti-Drug Coalition and owner of The Hawaiian Learning Center.

The Hawaiian Learning Center was established by Kumu Hula Luana Kawa'a in 2001. It is an extension of Halau Hula Ka Makani Kili'o'opu dedicated to cultural education. We have offered adult classes in Hawaiian Language and Oli (chanting) and a keiki (children) afterschool program. Currently, we offer on-line Hawaiian Language classes and work with business and organizations within the community. We are contracted cultural consultants. Our projects have included, International Festival of Canoes for The Westin Maui in 2003 and 2004, Hawaiian blessings/openings for various hotels, businesses and organizations and Hawaiian Cultural Festivals. We currently work with the following organizations, Cultural Programming for KPOA Radio Station, Hawaiian Language translations and Cultural Land Assessments for the County of Maui, Department of Water Supply and Kauahea, Inc. developing educational programs and presentations. If you are interested in cultural advising, planning, educational programs or would like a Hawaiian element for your next event, please feel free to contact us at 357-9503 or via email at