Kellie Villicano

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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.

 

Jason Tuitele

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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.