24 Dec Anna Liza
Kumu Hula Anna Liza Kalauokekupukupu Abuan Mc Keon found inspiration for dance early in life. Various family members performed hula, Sparking a passion for the art that would engulf her from childhood to adulthood . As a dancer, she began her journey with ‘Hula Halau he inoa no ipu lei manu’. Driven by a need to expand her knowledge of the Polynesian arts, Anna Liza also sought teachers from different veins of dance and culture. Under the direction of Mapuhi Tuku Tekurio with “Tekurio Nui” she learned Tahitian drumming. With instruction from Mel Liufau of “Nonosina”, she learned the art of Samoan fire Knife dance.
Dancing and performing would eventually lead to teaching. To ensure that what she taught was as authentic and true to the culture, Anna Liza headed back to the island. Trained on the Big Island of Hawaii, she unikied (graduated) under Loea Kawaikapuokalani Frank Hewett and became a Kumu Hula under his tutelage. With her new title and a new mission to teach the old ways of hula, Kumu Anna Liza opened a halau in San Bernardino County. Ever pursuing the expansion of the art she later opened a satellite halau in Topanga and Crestline as well. Currently she spends her time personally teaching in all three schools, with the help of her alaka’i (leader) and son Atreyu Koa Ikaika Mc Keon.
Kumu Anna Liza will educate you in the rich Hawaiian history, dance and romantic mythology of Pacific Islands. With the support of her family and all her students she faces the adversities of a hula halau with humility and grace
Kumu Hula Anna Liza Kalauokekupukupu Abuan Mc Keon will be sharing Ancient Hula Dance (Hula Kahiko) and Modern Hula (Hula Auana).