Resume

Mahealani Uchiyama
Artistic Director, Dancer, Musician and Teacher

CURRENT POSITION
Founder and Artistic Director, Mahea Uchiyama Center for International Dance

EDUCATION
1987      M.A., Pacific Islands Studies, University of Hawai’i at Manoa
1979      B.A., Dance Ethnology, University of Hawai’i at Manoa

RESEARCH INTERESTS
Indigenous wisdom practices, Spiritual traditions of sub-Saharan Africa, cultural exchange and interaction, social and cultural evolution of populations in the Diaspora.

PUBLICATIONS
2007     Ori Tahiti Handbook, Dancetera Publications. 53 pp.
1999      Haumana Hula Handbook, Dancetera Publications.  68 pp.
1997      Mele Hula Workbook, Dancetera Publications.  49 pp.

CONTRIBUTOR TO:
2010 DANCING THE COSMOS:  Women’s Stories of Spiritual Awakening and Healing through Dance. Johanna Laseho, Editor.

AUDIO AND VIDEO RECORDINGS
2013       The Sky That Covers Us All – mbira music of Zimbabwe.
2010      Ndoro – mbira music of Zimbabwe.
2008      Aloha Tahiti – compilation.
2007      A Walk by the Sea – winner of Hawai’i Music Award for Best World Music of 2007.
2006      Warm-Up -  Hula and Tahitian dance instructional.
2005      Ahuroa KaUaTuahine - Tahitian music.
2005      Mele Hula -  traditional Hawaiian music.
2004      Tatau -  traditional Tahitian music.
2002      Black Pearl -  winner Best of Festival of 2002 Berkeley Film Festival.
2000      Moemoea -  traditional Hawaiian and Tahitian music.
1997      Tuahine Rain – traditional Hawaiian and Tahitian music.
1996      Ori, The Dance of Tahiti -  Tahitian dance instructional DVD.

PROFESSIONAL AWARDS AND RECOGNITION
2010     Hawai’i Music Award for Best Artwork, Ndoro. Photographer Chugrad McAndrews and Designer Czelena Stovall.
2008     Hawai’i Music Award for Best World Music Album, A Walk By The Sea.
2007     Aloha Spirit Award, Kapalakiko Music, Art, & Craft Productions.
2002     Best of Festival Award., Producer, Black Pearl, Berkeley Film Festival.
1982 – 2010  Numerous awards for excellence in Hawaiian and Tahitian dance and music: Tahiti Fete of San Jose, King Kamehameha Hula and Chant Competition of Honolulu, Ia ‘Oe e Ka La Hula Festival, Onipa’a Hula Festival, Tahiti Fete of San Francisco, Kaleponi Hula Competition of San Francisco.

COURSES TAUGHT AT COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES
Hawaiian Language
Polynesian Dance

COURSES, WORKSHOPS AND LECTURE DEMONSTRATIONS TAUGHT IN STUDIOS AND SEMINARS
- Prayer Dances: An Introduction to Sacred Dances of the World
- Hawaiian Hula
- Tahitian Ori
- Tahitian Percussion
- Hawaiian ‘Ukulele
- Hawaiian Chanting and Drumming
- Mbira music of Zimbabwe
- Regional Dances of the Caribbean
- North African Dance

ADDITIONAL SPECIALIZED SKILLS
Concert Production
Bead-worker

PERFORMANCE TOURS AS ARTISTIC DIRECTOR OF KaUaTuahine
2009     Ka ‘Aha Hula ‘O Halauaola performance, Honolulu, Hawai’i.
2007     Tahitian dance performances in Tahiti, French Polynesia .
2005     Tahitian dance performances in Tahiti, French Polynesia .
2005     Ka’Aha Hua ‘O Halauaola performance, Maui, Hawai’i.
2005     Performance for Culture Moves Conference on Dance in Oceania, Wellington, New Zealand.
2004     Tahitian dance performances in Tahiti, French Polynesia .

ADDITIONAL INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL
2012 – 13 Mexico
2007     Harare, Zimbabwe: Intensive training with masters of the mbira and participation in a Shona ancestor ceremony.
2006     Fiji and Rarotonga
2005     Dakar, Senegal
2000     India and Thailand

ADDITIONAL MAJOR APPEARANCES
- Mahea Uchiyama Center for International Dance 20th Anniversary Concert
- Hawaiian Music Concert, Mexico City, 2013
- Black Choreographers Festival, 2006, 2007, 2011.
- San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival, 1985, 1987, 1994, 2004, and 2005.
- People Like Me (Children’s Multi-Cultural Educational Performance Tour), Northern California, 2003.
- Merrie Monarch Hula Festival as a chanter and drummer, Hilo Hawai’i, 1986.

PROFESSIONAL SERVICE
- Board Member, MBIRA The Non Profit Organization, 2012 – Present.
- Adjudicator, San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival, 2005, 2007, 2009. 2010.
- Panelist, San Francisco Arts Commission Cultural Equity Grants, 2007.

AFFILIATIONS/MEMBERSHIPS
Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI)
The Recording Academy, San Francisco Chapter.

WEBSITES
www.mahea.com
www.thesacredforest.org
www.reverbnation.com/mahealaniuchiyama
www.facebook.com/mahealani.uchiyama

CONTACT INFORMATION
Email: info@mahea.com
Telephone: 510-827-3997