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About Us

Aʻohe hana nui ka aluʻia

No task is too big when done together.

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.

Ale Gabino

Executive Producer, Academy Director, Dancer and Teacher


For almost 20 years, Ale has been perfecting her craft as a dancer and sharing her knowledge of Polynesian culture and dance education with her students. 

Ale's Profesional Resume >

David Acevedo

Exectutive Producer, Artistic Director, Dancer and Teacher


Since David was a child his love for performing has always been his passion.  With Hōkūleʻa, David takes pride in producing incredible shows to share with audiences everywhere.


David's Professional Resume >

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