Names are listed alphabetically by last name. Click on a presenterʻs name to learn more about them and when youʻll be seeing them during WOM. Our list of presenters is still growing. Check back here for regular updates!
Dr. Patrick Hart
Dr. Kuʻulei Higashi-Kanahele
Mark Kealiʻi Hoʻomalu
Dr. Pualani Kanahele Kanakaʻole
Dr. Huihui Kanahele-Mossman
Dr. Taupōuri Tangarō
Dr. Tim Tricas
Bruce Kaimi Watson
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Throughout his life, academic and cultural education laid a solid foundation for Thomas Kamuela Chun. Born and raised into a family of eleven in Mo‘ili‘ili, O‘ahu, he is the seventh child of Clarence and Leilani Chun. He is a descendant of the Kalahui and Alama family on his father’s side and the Keawe-ehu/Campbell family on his mother’s side. Chun began dancing for Edith Kanaka‘ole, founder of Halau o Kekuhi and learned the art of Hawaiian chanting from Aunty Edith until her passing in 1979 and continued as ho‘opa‘a. In 1984, Chun had his ʻūniki into the rank of kumu in Hawaiian dance and chant from Halau o Kekuhi. For 30+ years, Chun has been the chanter of the Merrie Monarch Royal Court. In 2019, at the Prince Lot Hula Festival, the Moanalua Gardens Foundation honored Chun with its Namakahelu Oli Award.
WOM presenter for: Kulukuluua Chant Concert
Kumu Hula, Hālau O Lilinoe A Me Nā Pua Me Ke Aloha
Kumu Hula, Annette Lilinoe Kaio is daughter of Sissy Kaio, and directs Hālau O Lilinoe A Me Nā Pua Me Ke Aloha in California. Lilinoe trained with her mother and studied with the noted teacher Dr. Taupouri Tangaro in Hawai’i. Under Annette’s direction, Hālau O Lilinoe today is comprised of over 100 men, women, and children from 4 to 75 years old.
WOM presenter for: Kulukuluua Chant Concert, Kani-ka-wī-Kani-ka-wā
Kumu Hula, Unulau
Pele Kaio is an ʻūniki ʻailolo (graduate) anchored in the traditions of the hula ʻaihaʻa, ritual volcanic fire dances of Unukupukupu. Pele is the Kumu Hula of Unulau, a hālau hula based in Hilo and Waimea, Hawaiʻi. Pele serves as an Assistant Professor of Hawaiian Studies at Hawai’i Community College.
WOM presenter for: Kulukuluua Chant Concert, Kani-ka-wī-Kani-ka-wā, Hāʻena Co-keynote
Teacher, Ka ʻŪmeke Kaʻeo
Ryan McCormack completed his ʻūniki rites under Taupōuri Tangarō of Unukupukupu, and is currently the kumu hula of Māunuunu. He resides in the uplands of Keaʻau in Puna, Hawaiʻi and works as a teacher at Ka ʻUmeke Kāʻeo Public Charter School in Keaukaha, Hawaiʻi. His ongoing journey in oli began under the tutelage of Lehua Huliheʻe of Ka Pā Lehua in 1998.
Kulukuluua presenter for: Kulukuluua Chant Concert, Kani-ka-wī-Kani-ka-wā