Pua Ali‘i ‘Ilima is the hālau hula (school of traditional Hawaiian dance) founded by Victoria Holt Takamine in 1977. The hālau was named by Victoria’s kumu hula, Maiki Aiu Lake, and means the “Royal ‘Ilima Blossom” which alludes to Victoria’s graduation from Maiki’s Papa ‘Ilima (the ‘ilima class), and her ancestry of Hawaiian royalty. The hālau participates in cultural festivals and events throughout Hawaii, nationally, and internationally.
Pua Aliʻi ʻIlima provides traditional hula training for keiki (children), teens, and adults on an invitational basis; as well as providing introductory hula instruction for those who are looking for a more casual, beginner-level class. Haumāna (students) attend weekly classes.
After completing an ʻūniki (graduating) ceremony led by his mother, Jeffrey Takamine joined his mother as kumu (master teacher) for Pua Aliʻi ʻIlima.
Pua Aliʻi ʻIlima provides valuable support for the PAʻI Foundation, the PAʻI Arts & Culture Center, the PAʻI Arts Gallery (2019), and the PAʻI Performing Arts Center (2019).