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Mahea Uchiyama

Mahealani Uchiyama is a dancer, musician, composer and teacher.  An advocate for cultural understanding, she is the founder of the Mahea Uchiyama Center for International Dance and is Kumu Hula (hula teacher) of Halau KaUaTuahine.

 

Mahealani holds a BA in Dance Ethnology and an MA in Pacific Island Studies, both from the University of Hawai’i at Manoa, and was trained in traditional hula and Tahitian ori in Hawai’i and Tahiti.  Her Kumu was Joseph Kamoha’i Kaha’uleleio.

 

Mahealani’s passion for, and mastery of Hawaiian and Tahitian performing arts has led to numerous performance tours to Tahiti, French Polynesia, Aotearoa (New Zealand) and the islands of Hawai’i.

 

She has also traveled throughout the Pacific Islands, sub-Saharan Africa, and India. On a recent visit to Zimbabwe where she studied Shona music with master teachers, she has produced numerous recordings of traditional Hawaiian and Tahitian music. Her CD, “A Walk by the Sea”, is a compilation of the sounds of her cultural and spiritual heritage and has been awarded the Hawai’i Music Award for Best World Music Album of 2007.  Her latest CD, Ndoro dze Madzinza.

Photo Credit: RJ Muna