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Kumu Hula Kaleo Trinidad (Kumu Holo`ua Stender)
Kumu Hula Taupouri Tanagro & Kumu Manaiakalani Kalua
(Na Kumu Nalani Kanaka`ole laua `o Pua Kanehele)
Kumu Manulani Aluli Meyer
Kumu Hula Chinky Mahoe (Kumu Darrell Lupenui)
Kumu Lomi Kapono Souza (Auntie Irmgard Farden Aluli)
Kumu La`au Krista Steinfeld (Kumu Levon Ohai)
Kumu Kapa A'ia'i Bello
Kumu 'Ulana Lufi Luteru
Kumu Terri Funakoshi
Mom, Dad, Brother, and extended `Ohana
The kua to my mo`o; the spine to my body;
the support found no where else.
The safety net that never broke, and with faith, it will never brake!
I understand that I am just His vehicle in His work.
Born and raised in Hawai'i, Kamaka was brought-up in a multi-cultural environment however it is Native Hawaiian culture and values that pulled on his spirit the strongest. Being of Native Hawaiian and other Polynesian decent, Kamaka believes it is his kuleana (responsibility; privilege) to perpetuate his cultural traditions in this modern, fast-paced world of business and development. Here in Hawai'i, the world recognizes the beauty of the Hawaiian islands, however the lack of awareness, recognition and respect towards the history, culture and traditions of the Hawaiian people are also recognized. This is an issue with many indigenous people around the world, and through all the projects he works on, Kamaka tries to share stories and educate about not just Hawai'i and Hawaiian culture, but the message of preserving for our future generations.
From hula to lomilomi to lāʻau lapaʻau to lauhala to kapa to oli to surfing and beyond, Kamaka has the passion to grow his knowledge of Hawaiʻi's past and learn where he comes from. With his experience and networks in not just the Hawaiian community but also both the hospitality and retail industries, Kamaka is ʻeleu (energetic; eager) in finding ways to build bridges between Hawaiian culture and business.