Robert Cazimero &
Halau Na Kamalei


with special guests
Keali'i Caballos & Hālau Kealiʻi O Nālani

Saturday, May 21, 2016

2:00 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.

Tickets: $47.00





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 dance.

 


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 Kawaikapuokalani Hewitt.

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.

We will be announcing our 2016-2017 Aloha Series at these performances.

 

 

©2010 Whittier College
13406 E. Philadelphia St.
Whittier, CA 90608 562.907.4200