KŪLIA E ULI

PRESENTERS

 

These are the practitioners, performers, teachers and academics who guide and enrich our collective exchange through sound and vibration.

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Presenter Guide

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!

About Presenters

Scroll down to read more about each of our presenters and where you'll be able to find them during WOM. Click on a specific presenter in the Guide above to go straight to their presenter info.

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Kamuela Chun

(Affiliation)

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

Lilinoe Kaio

Kumu HulaHālau 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.

https://halauolilinoe.org/

WOM presenter for: Kulukuluua Chant Concert, Kani-ka-wī-Kani-ka-wā

Pele Kaio

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.

https://www.unulau.com

WOM presenter for: Kulukuluua Chant Concert, Kani-ka-wī-Kani-ka-wā, Hāʻena Co-keynote

 

Ryan McCormack

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