Pua Ali‘i ‘Ilima (The Royal ‘Ilima Blossom) Pua Ali‘i ‘Ilima is the hālau hula (school of traditional Hawaiian dance) founded by kumu hula Vicky Holt Takamine in 1977. The hālau was named by Vicky’s kumu hula, Maiki Aiu Lake, and means the Royal ‘Ilima Blossom alluding to her graduation from Maiki’s Papa ‘Ilima, the ‘ilima class, and as a descendant from Hawaiian royalty. The hālau participates in cultural festivals and events throughout Hawai‘i and the world, including the Prince Lot Hula Festival in Honolulu, Hawai‘i and the Pan Pacific Hula Festival in Japan organized by kumu hula, Robert Uluwehi Cazimero.
Papa Laua‘e O Makana is the Kaua‘i Island extension of Pua Ali‘i ‘Ilima. The hālau is supported and maintained by Mauliola Cook who ‘ūniki (graduated through the rituals of hula) in 2007 as ho‘opa‘a (drummer) and ‘ōlapa (dancer). Papa Laua‘e O Makana participates annually in the Queen Emma Hula Festival and other community events on the island of Kaua‘i. The organization has hosted the Malama Kalihiwai project to educate the community, teach school children about cultural traditions and protection of the ocean resources in Kalihiwai.
Pua Ali‘i ‘Ilima o Nuioka Since 2004, Vicky has conducted hula workshops in New York City. Encouraged by those interested in the serious study of hula, Vicky opened a class in April, 2010. Pua Ali‘i ‘Ilima o Nuioka most recently performed at La Mama Theatre in New York with na kumu hula Vicky Holt Takamine & Jeffrey Kanekaiwilani Takamine along with special guest artists Robert Uluwehi Cazimero and Keo Woolford.