with special guests
Keali'i Caballos &
Hālau Kealiʻi O Nālani
Saturday, May 21,
2:00 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.
In 1975, one man brought about a permanent change in the
practice of hula. His name is Robert Cazimero and his
vision was Halau Na Kamalei, the only male halau hula in
the Hawaiian Islands. Today, Robert Cazimero is
considered to be one of the most respected kumu hula of
Hawaiian dance. The men of Na Kamalei perform around the
world, and for over 40 years, they have carried on the
tradition of male hula.
Through the years, Robert Cazimero and Halau Na Kamalei
have blazed their journey with Hawaiian pride,
dispelling deep-rooted stereotypes of grass skirt girls
and coconut bras. The men of hula have swayed the heart
of hula by reclaiming the masculine side of the ancient
HALAU KEALI'I O NALANI HULA DANCERS
HALAU KEALI’I O NALANI, under the direction of Kumu Hula
Keali’i Ceballos, was founded in the spring of 1991.
Keali’i draws his love for hula from his mother,
Cissylani Ceballos. An avid hula performer and
instructor in her own right, “Aunty Cissy” introduced
hula to her son. A hula journeyman, Keali’i has studied
under such renown kumu hula as Robert Cazimero, O’Brien
Eselu, Leina’ala Kalama, George Naope, and
As a Kumu Hula, Keali’i emphasizes the importance of
awareness. He strives in perpetuating the Hawaiian
culture - its art, its identity, its language, its sense
of ’ohana. The halau serves as the vessel in which these
legacies are taught and shared through our hula.
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