Kumu Hula
Kau'i Dalire

Kaui's Mission: To perpetuate Hawaiian music and culture around the world, as well as assist established acts and develop the next generation of up-and-coming artists in the music and entertainment industry.

About Kumu Hula Kau'i

Kau`i (pronounced KAU-E) Dalire is no stranger to performing on stage and being under the spotlight, Dalire’s DNA has given her a head start in the world of Hawaiian entertainment. Born into a well-regarded hula dancing family from the Windward side of O’ahu, Hawai’i, Dalire’s Mother, Aloha Dalire, was the winner of the very first Miss Hula competition in the Merrie Monarch festival, often referred to as the “Super Bowl” of hula. In time, Dalire, as well her two sisters would follow in their Mother’s footsteps and capture the title as well, making Hawai’i history. Now, Dalire is Kumu Hula to her own schools known as Halau Ka Lihilihilehua ‘O Hopoe Kuikanani, with locations in Hawai’i, Japan (Ikebukuro, Kanagawa, Saitama and Okinawa), Mexico, Australia, Michigan, North Carolina, Las Vegas, Oklahoma, Virginia, and California.

Although Dalire excelled in hula dancing, it wasn’t the only area where she honed her skills. An accomplished athlete, Dalire was proficient on the basketball court and winning awards while a student at Kamehameha Schools. In her college years, she even won a position on the Linfield team in Oregon. Little did she know that all of the training, discipline, and hard work in hula and sports would eventually be the foundation of a future career..

Kau`i Dalire also does artist management and development and has produced and contributed to Hawaiian artists such as Mailani, Kupu Dalire-Na’auao, Sean Na’auao, Three Plus, Josh Tatofi, Hu’ewa, and more. She has performed with legendary artists, Jerry Santos, Brothers Cazimero, Makaha Sons and Na Leo Pilimehana. Kau’i is at the very top of her trade sharing a piece of Hawai’i with the world.

Kaui in kahiko costume Kaui drumming with Ipu

Kumu Hula
Manu Boyd

About Kumu Hula Manu

Manu Boyd is the kumu hula of Hālau o ke 'A'ali'i Kū Makani. Multi-Nā Hōkū Hanohano Award winner, Manu served as the public information director for the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, and was a commissioner for the State Foundation on Culture and Arts. He is the cultural director of the Royal Hawaiian Center at Helumoa.

In addtion, he is a prolific poet, songwriter, 'ukulele player, composer, vocal arranger and leader of the popular Hawaiian group, Ho'okena a Grammy- and Hōkū-nominated group in Hawai'i. He has gone on to do solo musical projects as well received of the Nāmakahelu Oli Award for his dedication to the art of chanting and support of the Prince Lot Hula Festival in Hawaii.

Manu also hosts a weekly Podcast with Mehanaokala Hind called Midday Mana'o with Manu and Mehana. Listen each week for a show full of laughs, throwbacks, and much manaʻo. Our hosts sit down with friends and talk about the latest in Native Hawaiian news and entertainment.

Check out the podcast
Manu dancing hula Manu Boyd standing at podium

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