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Kumu C. Pomaika'i Gaui

Utah Division of Arts & Museums (UDAM) teaching artist.

Kumu C. Pomaika`i hails from Wai`anae, O`ahu and resides in West Valley, Utah.  He has been involved in hula since the 7th grade in Ha- wai’i and is now a kumu hula (dance teacher) at Kehaulani Hula Stu- dio in Salt Lake City.

Learning hula as a teenager had a few challenges with many rewards. After years of training, Kumu was given the authority to teach outside of his school and has since taught many students in Hawai`i, Utah and California.

Kumu Pomaika`i has taught everyone from children to adults in hula, implements, their use and making, singing, ukulele lessons and costume making, hula workshops, and ukulele workshops, just to name few.

He is active in the community, especially the Polynesian community
in Utah and Northern California. A member of Ke Ali`i Maka`ainana Hawaiian Civic Club Association of Hawaiian Civic Clubs. He serves on several boards, is part owner of Hungry Hawaiian (a plate lunch and catering business in Woods Cross, Utah), as well as owner of his hula studio. Pomaika`i lives in Utah with wife L. Kehaulani. They enjoy traveling and spending time with their 19 granchildren.

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