Kumu Hula Kawika Alfiche

Aloha Thursday: Hawaiian Dance and Culture

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SOFA Series, aired September 14, 2023


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September 14, 2023, SOFA Series

Hawaiian Dance and Culture

with artist Kumu Hula Kawika Alfiche, and dancers from the Kaululehua Hawaiian Cultural Center, Hälau o Keikali’i dance groups

About the Presentation

Enjoy an evening of ancient and modern hula and Hawaiian music, storytelling, and more. With performances by students from Montreal, Louisville, and San Francisco.

About Kawika

Kumu Hula Kawika Keikiali’ihiwahiwa Alfiche has been teaching hula and Hawaiian cultural arts for almost 30 years. Kawika is the Hula Master (Kumu Hula) for Hālau o Keikiali’i, and is the Director for the Kaululehua Hawaiian Cultural Center in South San Francisco. With a mission to preserve and perpetuate all things Hawaiian, Kawika spends his life learning, teaching and sharing his culture through the hula and cultural arts and continues to teach throughout the globe.

Kawika has had impeccable training from his Kumu. His first Kumu Hula was Tiare Maka-Olanolan Clifford of Hanalei, Kaua`i. After her passing in 1992, Kumu Kawika became a student (haumana) of Kumu Hula Harriet Kahalepoli Keahilihau-Spalding of Keaukaha, Hawai`i. It was Aunty Harriet who had Kawika open Hālau in 1994, and in 1996, she had him study with Kumu Hula Rae Kahikilaulani Fonseca of Hilo, Hawai`i who is an `uniki (formal graduate) of Uncle George Lanakilakekiahiali`i Na`ope, hula master and treasure of Hawai’i.

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