Executive Director, Festival Director
Kaloku Holt born and raised in Kalihi O’ahu was submersed in the Hawaiian culture at an early age with both sides of his family achieving heights in both music and hula. Kaloku has been in the cultural performing arts scene for many years and spent time along the west coast, Hawai’i and Japan as a performer and recording artist. His hula influence comes from both his late mother, Deva Yamashiro of Kaleinani O Ke Kukui. The mother and son are also both haumana of Kaloku’s aunty, Kumu Hula Vicky Holt Takamine of Pua Ali’i ‘Ilima. Kaloku has been blessed to accept his kuleana and sustain his mothers work as Executive Director of Ke Kukui Foundation and lead hula instructor for Kaleinani o Ke Kukui.
Class descriptions: In this class, Kaloku Holt will bring back and share with our attendees a haku mele & choreography that was born in the previous 3 Days Of Aloha workshops. The mele that Kaloku will be teaching is “Lei Ahihi O Nu’uanu”. This haku mele was led under the direction of Kumu Hula Manu Boyd and will commemorate Kaloku’s mother and founder of the now 4 Days Of Aloha, Deva Leinani Aiko Yamashiro as her name as name reverberates within this mele. The hula is a collaborative effort from Na Kumu Hula Vicky Holt Takamine, Robert Cazimero, Manu Boyd & Leialoha Amina. Lei Ahihi O Nu’uanu will now serve as a mele that will be offered only to 4 Days Of Aloha attendees and to ready you for a flash mob hula while honoring the spirit of aloha in our late Aunty Deva Yamashiro.