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.