Kalani Performing Arts Festival 2011

Andrea Torres, Jackie Pualani Johnson, Kaʽenaalohakauʽikaukehakeha Hopkins, Wailana Simcock

For the Performer in You...

2nd Annual Kalani Performing Arts Festival

Awaken your creative potential in this 7 day performance workshop and festival.  Participants from all levels, beginners and professionals alike, are welcomed to KPAF who have a passion and interest in the performing arts. We have brought together Hawaii’s leading performing artists as teachers for this festival.  There are classes in Hula, Aerial and Modern Dance, Music, Voice, and Acting.  Free public performances will be held during the week that will feature our KPAF faculty and the Festival itself culminates in a student showcase the evening of July 16th.

Performing Arts Festival

You can commit to the full 7 day performance track consisting of 5 classes a day or take advantage of our drop-in classes.

The mission of KPAF is to stimulate, educate, and inspire Hawaiian locals and to welcome visitors to participate in the performing arts in Hawaii in the beautiful setting of Puna.  We uphold Hawaiian cultural values and traditions as it is incorporated in the western theater arts.  KPAF aims to create original and exciting work to be featured in the concluding finale performance while supporting the performing arts in Hawaii.

Below is KPAF2 teacher’s biographies and pictures, the KPAF2 schedule, and last year’s video of KPAF1’s performance, Kūkaʽokoʽa – Freedom.

Please look below to see KPAF2 teacher’s biographies and pictures, the KPAF2 schedule, and last year’s video of KPAF1’s performance, Kūkaʽokoʽa - Freedom

Tuition is $400 for the 7 day performance workshop and $20 for drop-in classes.

Food and accommodations are not included.

For more details or inquiries, please email:  [email protected]


You can see a video of last year's workshop classes and performance in the Kalani Video Gallery by clicking here. Performing Arts Festival Intensive

Schedule of Classes

Click the schedule to open the full-size pdf version.
Classes marked in yellow are open drop-in classes.

KPAF Schedule

About the Facilitator(s)

Andrea Torres, Aerial Dance

Andrea TorresBrazil born, dancer and Yogi Andrea Torres is the Founder and Director of Hawaii’s only Aerial Company SAMADHI HAWAII. Andrea is the original aerialist/acrobatas Hina, the moon goddess, in the acclaimed 'Ulalena production at the Maui Theatre in Lahaina by ARRA Montreal. Torres' is a recipient of the Choreography Award by the State Foundation on Culture and the Arts. Heraerial work has appeared with Iona Contemporary Dance Theatre, Tau Dance Theatre, Sonny Ching's Halau Na Mamo o Pu'uanahulu in Hawaii and Japan, I ka Wa Kahiko-Haleakala Productions, Honua'ula Luau at Maui Marriott Wailea, Nohelani Cipryano “Nostalgic Hawaii” Show at Hale Koa Hotel, Art Spree at TCM, Bank of Hawaii’s family Sunday at The Art Academy, Live from the Lawn at Hawaii State Art Museum, Youth Fair at The State Capitol, Na Hoku Hano Hano Awards, Raiatea Helm at The Hawaii Theatre and in collaboration with Hawaiian Musician Makana and Grammy nominee Jeff Peterson.

Jackie Pualani Johnson

Jackie Pualani Johnson is a tenured professor of Drama and Chair of the Performing Arts Department at the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo (UHH) since June of l979. While at the UHH, she has developed and taught courses in: Introduction to Theatre; Beginning and Advanced Acting; Acting Troupe; Directing; Stage Makeup; Costuming; Lyric Theatre; Oral Interpretation of Literature, and Survey of Dramatic Literature. She has also been the Program Coordinator for the Arts, Nā Pua No'eau, Center for Gifted and Talented Native Hawaiian Children and has been nominated for Ke Kūkui Mālamalama Education Award, Office of Hawaiian Affairs, Spring 2000. She was the first Recipient of Faculty Community Service Award in 1996, from Hung Wo and Elizabeth Lau Ching Foundation for outstanding service among UH System faculty. She has been featured in national Humanities magazine article, entitled, Dreaming of a Nation Within a Nation, March 1995. Ms. Johnson was an invited attendee at President Clinton’s White House for ceremony honoring recipients of the National Arts and Humanities Awards in September of 1994, on behalf of the Hawai‘i Council for the Humanities. She was also awarded in UHH Chancellor's Lecture Series, Performer/Lecturer, A Woman's Influence: Hawai‘i Nei in 1990. Ms. Johnson has received scholarships for; Hoʽokupu: An Offering of Literature by native Hawaiian Women; as Co-editor for Book Review of Victoria Nālani Kneubuhl’s collection, Hawai‘i Nei: Island Plays, The Contemporary Pacific, a journal of the University of Hawai‘i Press; Professor Vilisoni Hereniko’s play, Fine Dancing; and for the Afterword to the publication of Pacific playwright John Alexander Kneubuhl’s trilogy of plays, Think of a Garden. She received her M.A. degree in Theater from the University of Colorado, 1978. Ms. Johnson has also taken classes in Hawaiian language and culture at the University of Hawaii at Hilo from 1982-1999.

Kaʽenaalohakauʽikaukehakeha Hopkins, Hula

Kaʻenaalohaokauʻikaukehakeha Aoe Hopkins, from as far back as she can remember, grew up around hula as her father and mother both danced for Nā Kumu Hula Robert Uluwehi Cazimero of Hālau Nā Kamalei and Leināʻala Heine Kalama of Nā Pualei o Likolehua. At the early age of 5 and a half, Kaʻena formally started her hula training with Hālau O Nā Maoli Pua, under the direction of Kumu Hula, Alicia K. Smith & her daughter, Piʻilaniwahine Smith. As a performing arts student at Kamehameha, she was a dancer in the yearly hōʻike program all four years. She was also a member of Hawaiian Ensemble (hula) & Concert Glee Club (singing) her sophomore, junior and senior years, where she was the alakaʻi or line captain for both groups her senior year. Kaʻena was fortunate to travel to Waikoloa, Aotearoa, Tahiti and Rapa Nui as a student while at Kamehameha Schools.

In 1998, Kaʻena started dancing hula for her father, Karl “Veto” Kamaluikauakokohaʻaheoināpali Baker and Michael Nālanakilaʻekolu Casupang, Nā Kumu Hula of Hālau I Ka Wēkiu. She will soon begin training in a special class that will culminate in a traditional graduation or ʻūniki ceremony in 2013. As a member of Hālau I Kā Wēkiu, Kaʻena has travelled to Japan & the East Coast where she had the honor of performing at the prestigious dance venue, Jacobʻs Pillow in Massachusetts. She has danced in the Merrie Monarch Festival since 2001, and in 2006 she was chosen to represent her hālau in the Miss Aloha Hula competition, where she was 3rd runner up & the winner of the ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi or Hawaiian language award for excellence.

Kaʻena moved to Hilo in 2003 to go to University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo where she is soon to get her B.A in Hawaiian Language and a minor in Anthropology. She is currently a Special Education Assistant at Ka ʻUmeke Kāʻeo, a charter school in Keaukaha.

Brett Fouvargue, Sound Design & Technical Production

Brett has produced sound design for such local artists as ‘Ekolu, O-shen, Jon Yamasato, Keahiwai, Lāhaina Grown, and Starr Kalahiki. He has also worked with the acclaimed show on Maui, ‘Ulalena as their sound engineer for 9 years. Following ‘Ulalena, he was sound engineer Waikiki Nei in O ‘ahu, ‘Ulalena’s sister show.

Wailana Simcock, Aerial Dance, Modern Dance

Born in Angeles City, Philippines to a Filipina mother and Kiwi father, he was raised on O'ahu from age five. His multi-cultural identity and immigrant status has critically influenced his dance and art. In 1995, he became principal dancer for the award winning modern dance company Pearl Ubungen Dancers and Musicians (PUDM) of San Francisco, traveling with them to New York, Minnesota, Wisconsin and the Philippines. While in the San Francisco Bay Area, he had the opportunity to work and study with such innovators as: Steamroller, Kunstoff, Terry Sendgraff, Kathleen Hermesdorf, Joe Goode, and Barbra Dilley of Naropa University. Through his full time work with PUDM, he also became Artist Teacher in the San Francisco Unified School District teaching creative movement to children and later for the Hawaii Public School System upon his return in 2000. He then joined and performed with Iona Dance Theater, Tau Dance Theater and the pre-eminent aerial dance troupe, Samadhi Hawai‘i. Wailana graduated from the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo in 2006 with a Liberal Arts degree he penned, “Culture and Performance in Contemporary Hawai’i”--bridging Hawaiian Studies with the Performing Arts. In June of 2007, he joined the ground breaking production of ‘Ulalena by ARRA Montreal in Lāhaina, Maui. In 2008, he was part of the original cast of Waikiki Nei, the sister show to 'Ulalena. Through his studies, he has been using the Hawaiian language exclusively to teach creative movement. He has taught at the Hawaiian Immersion Ka ‘Umeke Kāʽeo and now at Nāwahīokalaniʽopuʽu. Since 2001, he has taught aerial dance, modern dance, yoga, Hawaiian studies and language classes at Kalani Honua in Kalapana where he currently lives. He has choreographed for the Puna Men’s Chorus, Stargate Theater, Samadhi Hawai‘i and has created solo and group works. In January 2011, Wailana founded his own performing arts group Wai Company with mission to inspire and educate dance theater me nā mea Hawaiʽi through classes and performances. He is also the Artistic and Project Director of the annual Kalani Performing Arts Festival.


Workshop Fees

Fees include workshop, meals, accommodations, a massage, and use of Kalani's facilities including pool, hot tub and sauna.

Lodge triple occupancy shared bath is $1222.  Upgrades to single occupancy and private bath accommodations available, please call for pricing and availability.

Commuter rate is $400. $25 daily & $50 weekly Pool/SPA Pass available.

Prices subject to change without notice.