World Arts West
SF Ethnic Dance Festival

Performers

MĀHEALANI UCHIYAMA and HĀLAU KA UA TUAHINE

ORIGIN: Hawaiian, Tahitian and other Polynesian, and US
GENRE: Folkoric
MUSICIANS:
Māhealani Uchiyama - lead vocals, 'ukulele (DI), Hawaiian percussion (ipu)
Ashley Wai'olu Moore - Lead guitar
Chris Trinidad - Bass
Alan Kekoa Aki - Tahitian drums, Tahitian banjo, 'ukulele
Miles Keanu Aki - Tahitian drums: Fa'atete
Kevin Na'eahau Farey - Tahitian drums, Rhythm guitar - acoustic, Tahitian banjo - acoustic,
Victor 'Anapa Manansala - Tahitian drums: tari parau - double headed drum strick with a stick

Māhealani has been an award-winning performing artist, teacher and advocate for cultural understanding for almost forty years. She is the founder and Artistic Director of the Mahea Uchiyama Center for International Dance in Berkeley and is Kumu Hula of Hālau Ka Ua Tuahine, and has authored the Haumāna Hula Handbook for students of Hawaiian Dance (Penguin Random House, 2016.) Māhealani has received countless awards for her work as both a dancer and musician. Her 2004 release “Tatau” remains extremely popular in the Polynesian dance community throughout the world. Her release “A Walk by the Sea” was awarded the 2007 Hawai'i Music Award for Best World Music Album.

Uchiyama sings in Hawaiian, Tahitian and other Polynesian languages over beautifully percussive music which celebrates the Pacific family.