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About Us

Aʻohe hana nui ka aluʻia

No task is too big when done together

Where it began

In 2003 David and Ale met in Hilo, Hawai‘i at the Tahiti Fete dance competition. Their friendship grew stronger over the years with the help of e-mail and modern technology. The two eventually realized that they had more in common than the love they had for Polynesia and reunited again in 2008. Shortly thereafter, Ale decided to move to Chicago. In 2009 David and Ale were married and less than one year later, Hōkūle‘a was formed. It is their passion and commitment to teach what they know by staying true and respectful to the people and cultures of Polynesia. To do what they love is an honor and they are forever thankful for their blessings in life.

Where we are today

Today, Hōkūle'a is home to over 100 academy students of all ages eager to learn about the Polynesian arts. In addition to our public appearances, Hōkūle'a has been hired by clientele from all across Chicagoland to spread the Aloha spirit and beautiful cultures directly from the islands. We continue to build our 'Ohana through our academy classes and working with other organizations every day.

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