Hula School

Hula Hālau O Kou Lima Nani E was established in 1986 in Kailua-Kona, under the direction of Kumu Hula ‘Iwalani Kalima, and remained there until 1991. In 1995, Hula Hālau O Kou Lima Nani E moved to Hilo, Hawai’i on the east side of the Big Island. We perpetuate the ancient art of hula, as well as, the modern style.

Kumu Hula Bio

Kumu Hula, ‘Iwalani Kalima was born and raised in Keaukaha Homestead in Hilo, Hawai’i. Her hula roots stem back from her great-grandmother Kapeka, who was a chanter for Queen Lili’uokalani, and her grandfather Joseph Nohea Kalima Sr., who composed the famous mele “Hilo Hula”. ‘Iwalani began dancing at the age of eight, under the direction of Uncle George Lanakilakeikiahiali’i Na’ope.

She graduated (‘uniki) and received her na kumu palapala in 1982. Her role as a hula dancer, as well as, a kumu hula has taken her to Washington, Vermont, L.A., Japan, and Tahiti. She has done numerous hula events and competition in the State of Hawai’i and recently made her entry to the most prestigious hula event in the world, the Merrie Monarch Hula Festival. Through the tutelage of Uncle George and her family’s upbringing, she developed a deep love for her culture and now devotes her time to continue the preservation of hula.


 Papa Kupukupu (kaikamahine ages 7 and below)  4:30 – 5:45 pm
 Papa Kukui  (Wahine, Gracious Ladies) 6:00 – 7:30 pm
 Papa Lehua (Wahine Advanced) 5:30 – 7:00 pm

 Papa ‘Ie’ie  (kaikamahine ages 8-12)                                                                              4:30 – 5:30 pm

 For hula lessons call 808 895-6232