Aloha & Manava
Lokelani’s was founded by our late and great Florence Ku’uleilokelani Kaahanui Brodrick. She had continued to pursue a dream from the big island of Hawaii to California to perpetuate our Polynesian culture until her last Ha—her last breath. In her younger years, she grew up on the beautiful island and cultured streets of Honolulu, Hawaii, and while parading through the halls of Kamehameha, she learned the Art of Hula and danced all over the islands from something as small as a backyard event to traveling with world renowned Hilo Hattie and the Hula Dancers. Yearning for growth and adventure, she moved to the sunny state of California in 1961 where she then rooted her own halau by the name of Lokelani’s Rhythm of the Islands in 1966.
Passed down and led by her daughter, Kathy Lokelani Kaahanui-Asuega, with her husband, Roy Asuega, in 1994, Lokelanis has continued that spirit of aloha complimented by the love of family. We never cease the growth of our mana, knowledge and halau. Although we originally taught hula, we have branched out to teach other forms of culture like the Siva Samoa and Ori Tahiti. Taught by the only daughter Kanani and youngest son Keanunameleokamakani, our students learn the beautiful and graceful movements of Polynesia with the mighty sounds of the pacific song and drum while also learning about the meaning of the story that is danced. Lokelani’s has shown absolute aloha for anyone who steps foot into our home and acknowledges the personal growth of our peers. We not only teach our students the culture of the pacific but also the respect and humbleness it brings. Lokelani’s isn’t just a dance group, it is a family and school of Polynesian dance that is rooted to give back to the people, the culture and the art of our ancestors.