From “A Walk by the Sea”. Mahealani created Pahupahu as a way to recognize the duality of being an African-American Kumu Hula. The dance is a fusion of Tahitian ‘ote’a (with ‘ote’a choreography inspired by Les Grands Ballet de Tahiti) and the West African rhythms of Lamba (for healing) and Manjiani (for celebration). This performance is a celebration and call of support for all of us who walk in two worlds.
Tupuna – An award-winning performance honoring the elders of our community in which we reminisce about the stories told by our tattoos. From the 2010 San Jose Tahiti Fete appearance of Mahealani Uchiyama and her Halau KaUaTuahine. Choreography by Hirohiti Tematahotoa.
SF Ethnic Dance Festival Director of Education and Community Engagement, Mahealani Uchiyama, dancing an impromptu performance of Papalina Lahilahi at Rotunda Dance Series on March 4
Ka Ua Tuahine Polynesian Dance Company at Oakland International Airport
San Jose Tahiti Fete 2005
Nohili – The 1988 appearance of Mahealani Uchiyama and her Halau Hui Pa Hula ‘O Leianuenue at the King Kamehameha Hula and Chant Competition in Honolulu, Hawai’i. Kumu Nona Beamer graciously granted permission for the performance of her choreography of Nohili as performed by the wahine. Mahealani choreographed the hula kane. This performance was awarded 2nd Place in the Kahiko Division.
Segment of “Black Pearl” film – Taura o Te Here
Segment from “Black Pearl” film – Solo by the Water