About our Halau

Halau Ka Waikahe Lani Malie is a traditional Hula School. We study language, culture, and dance under the direction of Kumu Hula Blaine Kamalani Kia of Oahu, Hawaii and Kumu Juni Kalahikiola Lovel of Sacramento, California.

We are the largest and longest running Hula school in Montana. We have been teaching since 1993 in the beautiful Flathead Valley. We dance authentic ancient and contemporary Hula. We share our love and respect of Hula by performing at community events and sharing with students at school enrichment programs. Our studio is located at 1500 Airport Rd, Kalispell. Map

Our Kumus

Kumu Juni Kalahikiola Lovel was born on the island of Kaua`i, Kumu Kalahikiola started hula at the age of eight and has studied under several Kaua`i Kumu Hula over the years. Kumu Kalahikiola opened the Sacramento branch of Halau Ka Waikahe Lani Malie in September of 1999, and Antioch in March of 2001. Our Montana school joined her Halau in 2003. She is proud to teach the halau vision: to enhance and sustain strong cultural and spiritual values by better educating the hula practitioner to care,support and respect the dance, so, as they aspire to their full potential, can spiritually and humbly make a contributing impact (through example) to the community and all walks of life. She is also proud of the halau mission whereby all properties of knowledge, wisdom and cultural aspects belonging to the dance as passed down from generation to generation, shall be maintained by the halau principals for the benefit of all who are part of the dance.Ka Waikahe Lani Malie - Sacramento, California

Kumu Blaine Kamalani Kia is a renowned Hawaiian Hula and cultural expert who founded the non profit organization, the Kalaua'e Foundation, whose sole purpose is to perpetuate the Hula by passing information in a direct, accurate and traditional manner while teaching the hula practitioner to care, support and respect the hula. He is married with 3 keiki and resides in Kailua, O'ahu. Kumu Hula Kia is an accomplished musician, song writer, dancer and instructor with over 1,200 students worldwide including Hawaii, California, Japan and now Montana. He comes from an impressive hula lineage which includes Daryl 'Ihi'ihilauakea Lupenui and Frank Kawaikapuokalani Hewett, has won many hula awards, and has recorded 3 CDs. We are honored to have Kumu Hula Kia's involvement and aloha. Links of Interest will direct you to information on the Ka Laua'e Foundation, it's annual Hula Retreats E Pili Ka Kou in Kaua'i, Japan, Sacramento and Los Angeles, and how to purchase Kumu Hula Blaine Kia's CDs.

Our Montana Leaders

(from L to R) Alaka'i Skye Kalani Hatfield, Poʻo puaʻa Sharon Kawaokele Pillsbury,
Alaka`i Dominica Kau`ano Esperas