Aloha Kākou! my name is Kellie Villicano. I have been dancing Hula since 1994 and 'Ori Tahiti since 1997. I was taught 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 also 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.
Talofa Lava! My name is Jason Tuitele. My father is from Vailoa, Samoa and is of Samoan decent. I spent my childhood on Nānākuli, O'ahu and raised in Oceanside, California . I began my involvement in the Polynesian culture in 2008 by learning Tahitian style drumming. I began my Hula journey in 2009 in Rio Rancho, New Mexico with Hawaiian Pride. I joined Ka Lā Kapu in 2016 to continue my education in the Polynesian culture and I am now ready to perpetuate the Aloha spirit as a Kāne instructor in Albuquerque.