Kumu Hula and Cultural Practicioner Mapuana de Silva has a passion for passing down traditional Hawaiian hula.
She has dedicated her life to teaching hula in the footsteps of kupuna to new generations of students at her Kailua halau Mohala Ilima, where she has 14 classes a week.
Her mission is to perpetuate Hawaiian culture and for her students to blossom and be living examples of Hawaiian values such stewardship and humility.
Many of her students have gone on to become Kumu Hula themselves, a testament to her teaching and love for Hawaiian hula that she works tirelessly to keep alive one student, one dance, one chant at a time.
Living808 is honored to share her story as part of a celebration of women.
KHON2 is Celebrating Women with a half-hour special on March 27th at 9:30pm.