AUNTIE KAHANOA FLORESCA
Auntie Kahanoa began dancing as a child growing up in Hawai'i and continued after attending college in California. She leads the Mainland USA extension of Kumu Hula Leihi'ilani Kirkpatrick's Halau Ka Lei Kukui Hi'ilani which proudly calls Dance North County its new hula school home. In addition, she serves as the Hula Instructor for the City of San Marcos Recreation Center Services and provides community service through FREE Hula- At-The-Park Meetup. She has a rich hula lineage attributed to her current Kumu Hula, Leihi'ilani Kirkpatrick who resides in Kaua'i, Hawai'i, her first Kumu Hula, the late Auntie Philomena Keali'i Waine'e Mahelona Aranio, and other Kumu Hula who have influenced her.
With these hula lineages connected to Loea Frank Kawaikapuokalani Hewett and Kumu Hula Uncle Joseph Kamoha'l Kaha'ulelio, she continues their teaching traditions in ancient hula (kahiko), modern hula (auana), worship hula (ho'ano), Tahitian dance (ori Tahiti) and introductory Maori dance.
Auntie Kahanoa has recently founded Hawaiian Hula International (HHI), her formal commitment to be true to the legacy of her inherited lineage of hula and ho‘ōla with the help of some of her hālau haumana of Kumu Hula Leihi‘ilani Kirkpatrick’s Halau Ka Lei Kukui Hi‘ilani – Mainland USA Extension (established in 2014).
• THE MISSION OF HHI is “Caring for the Hula - Mind, Body, Soul + Spirit” through public education, training, scholarships, products and services locally, nationally and internationally.
• THE GOAL OF HHI is to provide all levels of education and training to preserve and perpetuate the cultural integrity of Hawaiian hula, traditions and history, and to honor and glorify Ke Akua (God) in all He has given the Hawaiian people.
• THE VISION OF HHI is to provide events for all races and sectors of hula dancers to establish lōkahi (unity) and effective, loving communication through the practice of Biblical and Hawaiian values and the common purpose of SHARING ALOHA and CARING FOR THE HULA.
“Native Hawaiian” is a racial classification recognized by the United States. In the 2010 Census: 527,077 people reported that they are Native Hawaiian alone or of a mixed race that includes Native Hawaiian. There now may be as few as 8,000 pure-blood Native Hawaiians remaining in the world (www.hawaiianscribe.hubpages.com). With your help, we can keep the traditions and ALOHA of the Hawaiian people alive for our future generations by caring for the people committed to learning, preserving and perpetuating it.
All proceeds are used
• to financially support Hawaiian Hula Workshops
• to establish Hawaiian Hula International as a non-profit organization to accomplish its mission, goals and vision locally, nationally and internationally, and
• to provide scholarships for Hawaiian Hula Workshops and hālau education and training, especially for children demonstrating financial need and families of Hawaiian decent. Priority will be for committed members of Hālau Ka Lei Kukui Hi‘ilani – Mainland USA Extension, then to other children and Hawaiians locally, nationally and internationally.