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Pacific American-News Journal

Nowemapa/Kekemapa - November/December 1996 Volume 2 Issue 11


A new school of Polynesian dance has opened serving the Seattle/Puget Sound area. Na Hanu `O Kapuaku`uleialoha has experienced teachers who will be teaching classes in Hawaiian, Tahitian, and Maori dance as well as pa`i. They meet on Monday, Thursday, and Saturdays at the Highline Senior Center.

The teachers of this school all have years of learning, performing, and teaching experience. Most recently they have been associated with Halau Hula `O Napualani. Kathy Leimomi Templeton, who has her Kumu Hula, has studied with Lorraine Asquith, Ku`ulei Ariyoshi, Emma Bishop, and Gloria Fujii. Along with competing in the King Kalakaua Invitational Kupuna Festival in Kona three times (including winning second place with her hula sisters in both the lokomaika`i kahiko and `auana in 1992), she won "Tutu Wahine 1995" in the 1995 Hawaiian Senior Services Tutu Competition in Kona. She works primarily with the kapuna and keikis. Ku`ulei Gumapac studied with Bella Richards (part of the Kalama family), Leialoha Kamakawe`o`ole (Na Lei `O Ka Holo Ku), and Gloria Fujii. She competed several times in the Merrie Monarch during the 1980’s and also competed in the King Kalakaua Festival (another member of the second place winning group). Ku`ulei teaches the advance keikis and adults. Alice Leialoha Mezias is the new school’s Tahitian teacher. She has studied with Van Francisco and Gloria Fujii and has placed in several Ori Tahiti competitions. She was also a member of the second place winning group at the King Kalakaua Festival. As a teacher, she has had several students do well in competitions including seven-year-old Kristin Kuniyoshi who this last summer won the children’s Ori Tahiti competition at Tahiti Fete in San Jose.

All these teachers are excited about their school and welcome inquiries. For more information call Ku`ulei Gumapac at 206-631-4048.

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