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First-of-its-kind hula cultural center proposed for Wailuku

  • COURTESY MAUI COUNTY/SHANE TEGARDEN
                                A group of Maui kumu hula is working with county officials on the proposed hula center. From left to right: Kamaka Kukona, Kahulu Maluo-Pearson, Hokulani Holt, Maui County Mayor Michael Victorino, Cody Pueo Pata, Francine “Mopsy” Aarona, Moanikeʻala Whittle-Wagner and Haunani Paredes.

    COURTESY MAUI COUNTY/SHANE TEGARDEN

    A group of Maui kumu hula is working with county officials on the proposed hula center. From left to right: Kamaka Kukona, Kahulu Maluo-Pearson, Hokulani Holt, Maui County Mayor Michael Victorino, Cody Pueo Pata, Francine “Mopsy” Aarona, Moanikeʻala Whittle-Wagner and Haunani Paredes.

  • COURTESY MAUI COUNTY/SHANE TEGARDEN
                                The proposed site for the hula center is at the corner of Church and Vineyard streets in Wailuku town.

    COURTESY MAUI COUNTY/SHANE TEGARDEN

    The proposed site for the hula center is at the corner of Church and Vineyard streets in Wailuku town.

For several decades, Cody Pueo Pata said, many fellow kumu hula have struggled to find homes for their halau. Some rotate their practices among parks, school cafeterias and family members’ garages, often rushing home from their day jobs to grab supplies for class. Read more

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