Under the direction of Kumu Hula Mapuana Samonte,

Halau Hula Malani O Kapehe strives to share the love of Hula and Hawaiian traditions as inspired and preserved by our Kupuna.

We do so by teaching from the heart, ensuring this knowledge carries forward to future generations. ​

PLEASE NOTE: Halau classes are currently on hold due to COVID-19. Please check back for updates on classes. If you are interested in classes you may fill out and submit an online registration form here.
Our website is currently undergoing construction of Member pages. Members, please check back for access to videos and lyrics.

Want to learn hula?

Lessons are available to all in the Maui, Hawai’i community, from beginning to advanced dancers, keiki to kupuna, kane to wahine. Located in Kahului, our Halau offers weekly classes in the styles of ancient Kahiko, contemporary Auana, and Tahitian dancing. We hope you will join us!

"I mohala no ke lehua i ke ke`ekehi `ia e ka ua."
Translation: The Lehua blossom unfolds when the rains tread it.
Explanation: People respond better to gentle words than to scoldings.

Upcoming Performances

In addition to the public performances listed below, our Halau is also available for weddings, conventions, and other private events. Inquire about special occasion performances.


Kumu Hula Mapuana Samonte was born and raised in Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii. She was formally trained by Kumu Hula Emma Farden-Sharpe of Lahaina, Maui from the tender age of 3.

As a child, she spent much time with her grandmother, Helen Kapehe Ku’uleialoha Ching, who inspired her to perpetuate Hawaiian culture and hula. In her honor and memory she named Halau Hula Malani O Kapehe.

Kumu believes that preserving Hawaiian culture of the past and integrating modern methods of dance, ensures a living tradition of Hula.

Kumu and her family are committed to keep the Hawaiian culture alive.  Her extensive Hula genealogy bring extensive tradition and knowledge for future generations to preserve and perpetuate Hawaiian Culture through halau.



     I have been with Halau Hula Malani O Kapehe for 18 years along with my daughter Kira.

I assist Kumu with registration of new students and Halau communications.  

     Kumu has given us so much more than the steps to a dance, she shares and teaches us to explore the deeper meaning of the mele allowing an exploration of its deep history and cultural meaning, which has enriched our lives and guided us to seek the values and teachings of Hawaiian Culture.

     Hula is a way of life, a way of celebrating and perpetuating a deep culture, rich in wisdom, humbleness, and appreciation of the land and the sacred breath of Life ~ Aloha.

Kaimana Nakamura
Cheryl Dang

    As Alaka`i for Halau Hula Malani O Kapehe, my passion for hula is able to grow.  

    I began dancing hula in 2002 with Kumu Mapuana Samonte and also briefly with Kumu Keli`i Taua.  

    Through every challenge and inspiration that comes with growth, I aspire to share my love of hula, oli,      Hawaiian Culture and values in the same manner that was taught to me... with compassion and aloha.


Contact Us

Halau Hula Malani O Kapehe
PO Box 977
Kihei, HI  96753


Tel: 808-281-4741

Reach us easily via this contact form:
Classes located at:
11 Mahaolu St. Kahului, HI


Halau Hula Malani O Kapehe was formed in 2001 and operated as a Maui County Community class for 9 years as Manutea. In 2010 Kumu renamed the Halau in honor of her Kupuna and moved from a Maui County Community class to a private, traditional Halau in order to advance the teaching of Hula and Hawaiian culture to a growing number of advanced students and alaka`i.


Classes are held at the Hale Mahaolu Elima community hall, 11 Mahaolu St., Kahului, Maui, Hawaii

Keiki classes (ages 7+) take place on Sunday afternoons:

2:00-3:00 Keiki 2 (Intermediate, Advanced)

3:00-4:00 Keiki 1 (New Students & Beginners)

Adult classes take place on Friday evenings:

6:00-8:00 Co-ed Adult Classes

​© 2020 by Mapuana Samonte

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