Talk Story with Taupouri & Kekuhi

We couldn’t pass up an opportunity to talk with Taupouri & Kekuhi backstage at the Kumukahi Festival, Sam’s Town, Las Vegas. After a brief introduction of themselves, the couple share their thoughts as Kumukahi Reactionary Panel members as well as their experiences of showcasing their hula lineage.

Taupouri & Kekuhi enlighted us with their views of Hawaiians living in Las Vegas, California, and throughout the continental United States.

Taupouri Tangaro

Kumu Hula-Unukupukupu ( Hula lineage: Halau O Kekuhi)
Dr. Taupouri Tangaro is an Associate Professor and the Chairman of the Humanities Department at Hawaii Community College. He is a practitioner of the hula Pele through Halau O Kekuhi, Keaukaha, Hawai’i. Doctor Tangaro received his Doctor of Philosophy from Union Institute & University, Cincinnati, Ohio.

Kekuhi Kealiikanakaoleohaililani

( Hula lineage: Halau O Kekuhi)
Kekuhi Kanae Kanahele Kealiikanakaoleohaililani, Kumu Hula of Halau O Kekuhi. Kekuhi is an Assistant Professor of Hawaii Life Way at Hawaii Community College. She is a co-creator & Vice President of Napou, Inc., a business entity that provides service for Hawaii Cultural Resourcing.


Kumukahi, Sams Town Live!

The Kumukahi Ukulele & Hula Festival is an annual event that brings together acclaimed hula halau and Hawaiian musicians from across the country for a weekend of music & dance honoring the culture & history of Hawai’i.

Kumukahi is a vision of Kumu Hula Sissy Kaio and husband Lincoln Kaio. The festival is sponsored by Hula Halau of Lilinoe a me Na Pua Me Kealoha of Carson, California. www.kumukahi310.com