Founder, Cultural Advisor

Vicky Holt Takamine graduated from Kamehameha Schools and received her BA & MA in Dance Ethnology from the University of Hawai’i. She graduated as kumu hula (master teacher of Hawaiian dance) from Maiki Aiu Lake in 1975, and established her hālau hula (school of Hawaiian dance), Pua Ali‘i ‘Ilima, two years later. In 1997 she co-founded ‘Īlio‘ulaokalani Coalition, a coalition of Native Hawaiian artists and cultural practitioners to advocate and protect Native Hawaiian rights. She established PA‘I Foundation in 2001 to protect and preserve Native Hawaiian cultural traditions and the natural and cultural resources of Hawai’i for future generations and co-founded and served as president of KAHEA: The Hawaiian Environmental Alliance. As the co-founder and Executive Director of PA‘I foundation on O‘ahu, her group sponsors the annual Hapa Haole Hula Festival on O‘ahu and Las Vegas and founder and show producer of MAMO: Maoli Arts Month’s annual Wearable Arts Show.

She has also served as a judge at the Merrie Monarch Festival, the “Olympics of Hula” for many years. The kumu of our kumu, Aunty Vicky has been coming to share her mana`o and talents at Days of Aloha events for 16 years and counting.