Aloha Kakou! my name is Kellie Villicano. I have been dancing Hula since 1994 and Tahitian since 1997. I learned in Gardena, California from Kumu Hula, Kanani Kalama of Kanani Kalama Hula Studio. I have competed twice in E Hula Mau hula competition in Irvine, CA and have performed every year in the annual Ho'olaule'a in Lawndale, CA. I continued my passion for Polynesian dance when I moved to New Mexico in 2005 by dancing in another local group, Hawaiian Pride, Rio Rancho. I decided to start Ka Lā Kapu in hopes to add more variety to the perpetuation of Polynesian dance and culture in Albuquerque, New Mexico. I continue to grow in my own education by attending certified workshops by world renown Kumu/Ra'atira, such as Adelina Hinemanea, Tiana Liufau and Mahealani Hirao-Solem as well as staying connected with my Kumu Hula, Kanani Kalama for guidance and to keep the lineage of her Hula alive. I am excited to teach my knowledge and passion to my Hāumana (students) and to share the aloha with the community.