Hālau I Kalima Kuhi Lani

Our vision is to teach and perpetuate the traditions of our hula lineages; to uphold and preserve the chants, mele, dances, and teachings of our Kumu; and to create a safe and happy learning environment which emphasizes Hawaiian values and Culture.

Our Mission is to learn and teach those dances, chants, mele, and history of the hula and perpetuate the style and traditions of our hula lineages so that it will be preserved in posterity.


Keikikāne 5yrs +

Kaikamahine ages 4-12

Wahine 13yrs +

Kāne 13yrs +

Lokomaikaʻi 40yrs+


“TC” Christopher Southard

Graduate of Mid Pacific Institute class of 2003; He began dancing with Pūpūkahi, and kumu Lanakila Casupang in school, and later joined Hālau I Ka Wēkiu under the direction of Na Kumu Hula Karl Veto Baker and Lanakila Casupang.

  • Graduated from UH Manoa in 2008
  • 2011 Mr. Hula Maui (Ku Mai Ka Hula Competition)
  • Papa Lehua Mamo ʻŪniki kumu hula 2013
  • First papa ʻūniki of Hālau I ka Wēkiu

Kalimakuhilani Akemi Kalamanamana Suganuma Southard

Born in Honolulu, and is the youngest of five girls raised in Wailupe valley. Her love and passion for hula began at a very young age having been born into a hula family. Kuhi is the great grand daughter of Mary Kawena Pukui (Hawaiian scholar, author, composer, Kumu, and recognized as on of the greatest authorities on Hawaiian culture) and grand daughter of Pele Pukui Suganuma (well-known hula dancer, and exponent on chant and hula). 

In 1996, Kuhi joined Keolalaulani Halau Olapa o Laka with Kumu Hula Aloha Dalire as a keiki where her love for hula was fostered and started to compete and perform all over Hawaii and Japan. In 2008 she won the title of Miss aloha Hula and the Hawaiian language award that year. Kuhi graduated in 2005 from Kamehameha Schools that enabled her to gain a deeper understanding of hula and opportunity to learn from Kumu Hula such as Wayne Change, Randy Fong, Snowbird Bento and Kaleo Trinidad. White attending UH Manoa she also had the privilege to take classes from Kumu Vicky Holt Takamine and Noenoe Zuttermeister upon graduating with a BA in Hawaiian Studies. In 2008 she won the title of Miss aloha Hula and the Hawaiian language award that year.


  • Miss Aloha Hula 2008 and Hawaiian Language Award Recipient
  • First Place Chant Division Kamehameha Hula Competition 2005
  • Miss Keiki Hula Oni E 1999
  • Miss Ia oe e ka la 2003
  • Miss Hula Oni E 2006
  • KS c/o 2005
  • UH Manoa 2009 BA in Hawaiian Studies
  • Judge for the KeʻAlohi Hula solo competition 2014, 2015, 2016, 
  • Judge for Hula Hawaii competition 2018 (Osaka and Tokyo Japan)
  • Uniki 2010 with Kumu Hula Kimo Alama Keaulana
  • Uniki 2012 hula pahu Kumu Kimo Alama Keaulana

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