Halau Hula O Kaleooka'iwa
  • Perpetuate the Hawaiian culture and history through study in hula (both ancient and modern), language, music, customs, dress, crafts and other traditions
  • Reinforce the spirit of aloha within our halua and with other peer halau  
  • Promote standards in the performance of hula
  • Continually elevate the skill level of halau members to meet their personal goals as well as the overall goals of the halau
  • Convey the aloha spirit to the public who may or may not have been exposed to the warmth and wonder of the Hawaiian culture
  • Embrace Christian values while respecting the beliefs and customs of the Hawaiian culture; integrating the profound spiritual legacy of the Hawaiian people and our own beliefs by gathering for pule (prayer) before halau activities

Ke Kumu - The Teacher

Halau Mission

Fees and Class Schedule

Per Class Fee: $15.00 
Monthly Dues:  $40.00 (adults)   $20.00 (under 16 years old)
Thursdays - 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Location: Salem Lutheran Church  7900 S Apopka Vineland Rd  Orlando, FL 32819
Saturdays - 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Location: Walt Disney World Polynesian Resort 
Guest Participation in the lobby from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM   Halau from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM OR LONGER 

Kumu Hula Kawehi Punahele was born in Honolulu in 1962. His father was from O'ahu and his mother from Molokai'i. Kawehi was raised in a musical family; his grandfather played guitar with the Kalama Boys on steamer ships that sailed between California and Hawaii from the 1920s to the 1940s. His father, although a bus driver by trade, also played steel guitar and guitar. 

In intermediate school, Kawehi joined a Polynesian group and his teacher, Mrs. Phelmet (a Kamehameha school graduate) saw great promise in his voice and vocal inflections. She pulled him aside and told him she would teach him how to chant. That proved to be the beginning of his education in Hawaiian music and traditional hula.