Vicky Holt Takamine graduated as kumu hula through the ‘ūniki rituals of hula from Maiki Aiu Lake in August, 1975. She is also the founder and kumu hula of Papa Laua‘e O Makana, on Kaua‘i island. In 2007, after thirty years of teaching hula, Vicky ‘uniki 2 kumu hula, her son Jeffrey Kanekaiwilani Takamine and long time haumana and friend, Momi Kamahele along with 10 ho‘opa‘a (drummers/chanters) and 10 ‘ōlapa (dancers). Vicky received her BA and MA in Dance Ethnology from the University of Hawai’i. She is a lecturer at the University of Hawai‘i, Music Dept. and Leeward Community College. Vicky is recognized as a native Hawaiian leader for role as an advocate for the protection of native Hawaiian rights, social justice issues and the protection of the natural and cultural resources of Hawai‘i. Vicky received her BA and MA in Dance Ethnology from the University of Hawai’i. She is a lecturer at the University of Hawai‘i, Music Dept. and Leeward Community College. She is the co-founder and executive director of PA‘I Foundation an arts organization that is established to preserve and perpetuate Hawaiian cultural traditions for future generations. PA‘I produces arts activities and events annually in May to showcase native Hawaiian arts and artists.
Jeffrey Kānekaiwilani Takamine graduated as kumu hula (master teacher of Hawaiian dance) through the ‘uniki rituals of hula from Vicky Holt Takamine in 2007. The youngest of her three sons, Jeff has been chanting since the age of three. While constantly imersed in the hula lifestyle since birth, he formally began classes at the age of 14, began dancing professionally at 16 and has assisted his mother with teaching since he was 17. Recognized early on as a fine chanter, he was invited to participate in the State Foundation of Hawaiian Culture and Arts’ Folk Arts Apprenticeship program to study oli with master chanter and kumu hula Kalani Akana. While primarily under the tutilage of his mother, Kumu Vicky, he has had the opportunity to study in various settings with other Kumu Hula such as Pat Namaka Bacon, Robert Cazimero, John Kaimikaua and John Keola Lake. He has participated in numerous international cultural exchange programs through the University of Hawaii. Over the years, Jeffrey has established a reputation of creativity with a uniqe style of teaching and is acknowledged by members of the hula community to be a hula authority of the next generation. He has been conducting his own classes under Pua Aliʻi ‘Ilima and looks forward to starting a professional dance company in a few years.