Ka Lei Aloha O Hula
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Training
Anne Blankenship trained in Ancient Hula (Traditional or Kahiko) and in Modern Hula ( 'Auana), Honolulu, Hawai'i, 1975-1978. Daily personal involvement centered on learning the Hawaiian language, history, and socio-cultural dynamics as well as the chants and dances. Over 2000 hours in class time and research.
Aunty Hoakalei and Anne Blankenship
Aunty Hoakalei Kamau'u, 1978

Ancient (Kahiko): Kumu Hula include Hoakalei Kamau'u, Lehua Carey, Marilyn Leimomi Ho, Nathan Napoka, Cecilia Akim, and Marguerite Duane. Workshops and classes with Sam Nae'ole, Pat Bacon, George Naope, Millilani Allen, Jean Kalani, and others. Current mentors for the 'Iolani Luahine tradition are Hoakalei Hina (Macey) Kamauu, Cecilia (Cissy) Akim, and Nathan Napoka. Additional current sources and mentors include Keli'i Chang, Palani Olson, Lance Koyama and Amy Stillman.

Repertoire: Includes over 70 traditional hulas, many of them rare or infrequently performed. Original sources include hulas from 'Iolani Luahine, Henry Pa, Mary Kawena Puku'i, Sally Wood, Edith Kanaka'ole.

Modern ('Auana): Kumu Hula include Hoakalei Kamau'u, George Holokai, Marguerite Duane, Kaulana Kasparovitch, and Leolani Pratt. Workshops and classes with George Naope, Chinky Mahoe, Mapuana DeSilva and others.

George Holokai and Anne Blankenship
Uncle George Holokai

Repertoire: Over 100 modern hulas from the above sources, as well as over 300 more of original choreography; hundreds of additional songs, translations, and recordings.


  • Member, Kūlia I Ka Pūnāwai, Kumu Hula Association of Southern California.
  • Hawaiian Language student, University of Hawai'i, 1976-1977.
  • Docent, Bishop Museum's "Artificial Curiosities" Captain Cook exhibit Jan-July 1978.
  • Returned to Hawai'i for additional instruction and review in 1979, 1980, 1982, 1984, 1986, 1988, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2009.

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Teaching
1977-1978 Honolulu, began assisting. Demonstrator for Marguerite Duane.
1978-1981 San Antonio, Texas. Frequent shows and demonstrations.
1980 Faculty, Dance Masters of America National Convention.
1980-current Workshops for teachers and advanced students. Cities include Manhattan Beach and San Diego, California; Denver, Fort Collins, and Pueblo, Colorado; San Antonio, Houston, Killeen, and Midland, Texas; Seattle, Washington; and St. Louis, Missouri.
1985-current Private instructor for advanced students and teachers.
1988 Founding Director, Hawai'i Dance Seminar.
1994 Hula Competition Judge, Kileen, Texas.
2003 Began formal classes and Hālau.
2009, 2010 Instructor, Punawai Hula Camp
2010, 2011 Hula Competition Judge, Houston, TX

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Other Education
BA Liberal Arts, University of Arizona (Honors Graduate)
University of California at Santa Barbara, 1 year Graduate work in Experimental Psychology.

Miscellaneous
My family's connection with Hawai'i goes back to 1825, and the Hawaiian culture has been a major part of my life.

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