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Kawailehua Hula Ohana was established in 1995 by Kumu Hula (Hula Teacher) Lorie Roldan-Almogela and her husband, Chris Almogela. Lorie brings almost 27 years of experience in Polynesian dancing while Chris brings 14 years of skill and knowledge of Tahitian drumming. Lorie's mana'o (knowledge) comes from her one and only Kumu Hula, Auntie Loke Rose Thomas of Hula Halau 'O Lokelani in Hayward, CA.

The oldest of 3 children, Lorie's parents ensured the kids were kept busy with different activities. After 2 ½ years of piano and 1½ year of voice lessons, Lorie found her calling when she started hula in 1980, at the ripe age of 10. Fifteen years later under the advisement of Auntie Loke, Lorie started teaching a few kaikamahine (children) on her own. So in 1995, the seeds of Kawailehua Hula Ohana (also known as Kawailehua'uaokamakani He Mana'o 'O Lokelani Hula Ohana) were planted. The following year, November 1996, Auntie Loke held an uniki (graduation) for Lorie and her hula sister. Upon Auntie Loke's blessing, Kawailehua Hula Ohana began to grow.

With Auntie Loke's continuous guidance, Lorie was taught to always be humble and never forget where she came from - two valuable lessons that Lorie has learned from Auntie Loke that she continues to pass down to her own na haumana (students). Striving to learn more and perpetuate the Polynesian culture (mainly Hawaiian and Tahitian), Lorie has attended workshops under the direction of Uncle Joe Kahaulileo, Darrell 'Ihi'ihilauakea Lupenui, John Kaha'i Topolinski, Leonard Kaleo Beck, Anthony Waipa Manaois, Joel Ione Burns and Hina and Tati Salmon. Although Lorie has been uniki as a kumu hula, she knows in her heart that one can never stop learning. She continues to do so and shares it with her na haumana.

Kawailehua Hula Ohana is a family oriented hula group. Not only are the dancers involved, but so are the parents, grandparents, uncles and aunties. For many in the halau, Kawailehua Hula Ohana is most definitely their second family. Kumu Lorie takes in all walks of life to join the halau. The one main thing she looks for is the desire and love for the culture in each of her na haumana.

Kawailehua Hula Ohana's goal is to perpetuate the Hawaiian and Tahitian culture, whether it is through dance, language, or arts. This special gift given to Kumu Lorie must be shared and passed down to others who share the same feeling of pride and humbleness through dancing, speaking or singing the words from before our time. It is with an overwhelming mana (power) that one wants to continue to honor the Hawaiian and Tahitian people and their culture.

KHO 2008

KHO 2008

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2006 SJ Fete

2006 SJ Fete

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2006 Merced-Fete

2006 Merced-Fete

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OLR Show

OLR Show

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2005 Merced-Fete

2005 Merced-Fete

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