Meet our Dancers! ~Dani Lei~

Was born and raised in Waimanalo, Hawai’i on the island of ‘Oahu. I am of Hawaiian, Portuguese, Filipino and Japanese descent. Been dancing all my life — and have also danced under the instruction of Kumu Hula Chinky Mahoe with Hula Halau Kawaili’ula and Kumu Hula Rance Like with Hula Halau Lei Hulu O Hawaii…. My culture is very important to me – which is why I do what I can to give back and spread the Aloha Spirit through ‘olelo, hula e mele. I love it when I can bring a minoaka to someone’s face through either of these avenues. When not dancing, I am a IT Analyst/Database Developer for Xcel Energy in downtown Denver. After dancing with the Tuilaepa’s, I’ve been searching for a halau to dance with and I am glad I found Hula Halau Kalama. I am learning so much from these wonderful wahine o Kalama.

E noho iho i ke opu weuweu, mai ho`oki`eki`e – I beleive this is when you can truly grow as a human being – stay ha’aha’a e Nana ka maka;
ho`olohe ka pepeiao; pa`a ka waha so you can see in your heart what our kupuna is teaching.

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