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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.
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.
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.
BA Liberal Arts, University of Arizona (Honors Graduate)
University of California at Santa Barbara, 1 year Graduate work in Experimental Psychology.
My family's connection with Hawai'i goes back to 1825, and the Hawaiian culture has been a major part of my life.