Feature Dancer “AIWA”
Polynesian Party Planners and the Kalama Polynesian Dance Group was founded by feature Dancer Glenda (Aiwa) Bautista. Glenda is a professional polynesian dancer and instructor who has trained with many halaus (hula schools) across the country. Most of her childhood training comes from the Ilima style of dance (Kumu Kas Nakamura) as she started dancing at a young age (6 years old). She has danced professionally for more than 12 years at the world famous Mai- Kai Polynesian Restaurant in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. (www.maikai.com) which has been an established and well known landmark since 1956. There she learned under the instruction of Mireille Thornton “MA” as she influenced the ancient, traditional, and modern styles of Polynesian Dance. “The greatest dancers from all over has graced the stage of the Mai-Kai”~ Aiwa
Aiwa currently performs, teaches, and coordinates Kalama Polynesian Dancers. She is also the President of Halau Kalama.
The Mai-Kai Polynesian Restaurant
Glenda created “Polynesian Dance Aerobics” fusing Polynesian Dance and Fitness together. And when not performing, teaches classes in Aurora, Colorado at Dance Scene Studios (see classes tab). Check the classes section for dates and times. Polynesian Dancer- Sweet 16 – Television, 2007 Polynesian Dancer-Univision- Miami – Television, 1999 Polynesian Dancer-Deco Drive – Television, 2000 Professional Dancer- Mai- Kai Polynesian Restaurant – Stage, 1996
Ellen is a Professional Polynesian Entertainer, Fire Dancer, and Instructor. She teaches Intermediate Classes and Kids Classes. Ellen is also a Professional Party Planner and Booking Assistant. She has been dancing as a child and strives to pass down her culture to her children and the community.
She is currently Halau Kalama’s Vice-President.
Dani has been Kalama’s cultural ambassador. She incorporates the Aloha Spirit and shares it with dance and with instruction. She is one of Kalama’s Professional Dancers, fire dancer, teaches the beginners class, and is the creative costume designer and coordinator. She is also currently Halau Kalama’s Secretary.
Ikaika represents the flame of Kalama. He Performs Professionally with the Entertainment group and also dances and teaches The Fire Knife Dance to Kalama’s Students. He is a party planning coordinator and also books events. He also contributes to Tahitian Drumming and show MC.
Astrid has been dancing as a child attending many competitions and Halau’s in Kauai. She continues to share her culture and traditions through performing and teaching beginners classes with Kalama Polynesian Dancers.
Astrid is also the Accountant for Halau Kalama.
Darla has been Performing Professionally with Kalama Polynesian Dancers for years. Through Kalama she shares her Hawaiian Heritage through performances, fundraisers, and events along with her family who are all active members of the group.
Darla is also the Historian for Halau Kalama.
Alice brings her rich Tongan culture to Kalama Polynesian Dancers. She dances Professionally with the group and also specializes in all of the fresh flower leis and centerpieces that are featured in Kalama events. Alice is now the lead project manager and wedding planner for Tropical Weddings By Aiwa.
Lehua is one of our Junior Dancers. She has only been with Kalama Polynesian Dancers for about three years and with hard work and dedication she has been performing with the Professional Entertainers. She has traveled with Aiwa to attend many events and workshops nationwide. She is currently training for competition and is instructing the kids class hula and tahitian dance.
Our Extreme Warrior Namu is also part of the Professional Entertainment of Kalama. He assists in live Tahitian Drumming as well as performs the Fire Knife Dance of Samoa.
Noreen has danced Professionally for many years. She previously danced in her own dance company and now is part of Kalama Polynesian Dancers. She shares her beautiful grace and beauty on the stage.
Noreen is also the Event Coordinator for Halau Kalama.
Our Fundraising Committee is coordinated by Puatea and Pono. They have been dancing with Kalama Polynesian Dancers from the start. Fortunate to dance side by side and now with their keiki they have been the spirit of Kalama.
Patty is our mentor and the one that we go to for everything! She shares her experience with Kalama with her whole family. She also had dedicated so much for our Halau’s success. Patty dances with the Professional Group, Sews Kalama’s Costumes, and now is the Marketing Director for Halau Kalama.
Rooshana is a well known performer throughout Denver. She has been dedicated to Kalama Polynesian Dancers for many years and has performed countless events. She also owns her own dancing company called Dancing Belly Buttons. Rooshana specializes in children’s birthday parties and is also available for tropical facepainting and temporary island tattoos.
Megan is a Professional Singer/ Performer. She specializes in all types of music and events. She also sings and performs Hawaiian and Tahitian Songs with Kalama Polynesian Dancers.
Kalama trains children the art of Polynesian Dance. They can be seen at many performances and festivals.
Kalama’s Junior Dancers are Professional Entertainers that perform in many events. They are also very active in participating in Community Events for Halau Kalama