Anne Blankenship trained in Ancient Hula (Traditional or Kahiko) and in Modern Hula ( 'Auana), Honolulu, Hawai'i, 1975-1978. Daily personal involvement centered on learning the Hawaiian language, history, and socio-cultural dynamics as well as the chants and dances. Over 2000 hours in class time and research.

Aunty Hoakalei Kamauu, 1978

Ancient (Kahiko): Kumu Hula include Hoakalei Kamauu, Lehua Carey, Marilyn Leimomi Ho, Nathan Napoka, Cecilia Akim, and Marguerite Duane. Workshops and classes with Sam Nae'ole, Pat Bacon, George Naope, Millilani Allen, Jean Kalani, and others. Current mentors for the 'Iolani Luahine tradition are Hoakalei Hina (Macey) Kamauu, Cecilia (Cissy) Akim, and Nathan Napoka. Additional current sources and mentors include Keli'i Chang, Palani Olson, Lance Koyama and Amy Stillman.

Repertoire: Includes over 70 ancient hulas, many of them rare or infrequently performed, and unavailable as yet on professional recordings. Original sources include hulas from 'Iolani Luahine, Henry Pa, Mary Kawena Puku'i, Sally Wood, Edith Kanaka'ole.

Uncle George Holokai, recent

Modern ('Auana): Kumu Hula include Hoakalei Kamauu, George Holokai, Marguerite Duane, Kaulana Kasparovitch, and Leolani Pratt. Workshops and classes with George Naope, Chinky Mahoe, Mapuana DeSilva and others.

Repertoire: Over 100 modern hulas from the above sources, as well as over 300 more of original choreography; hundreds of additional songs, translations, and recordings.


  • Member, K?lia I Ka P?n?wai, Kumu Hula Association of Southern California.
  • Hawaiian Language student, University of Hawaii, 1976-1977.
  • Docent, Bishop Museum's "Artificial Curiosities" Captain Cook exhibit Jan-July 1978.
  • Returned to Hawaii for additional instruction and review in 1979, 1980, 1982, 1984, 1986, 1988, 2003, 2004, 2007.



Honolulu, began assisting. Demonstrator for Marguerite Duane.


San Antonio, Texas. Frequent shows and demonstrations.


Faculty, Dance Masters of America National Convention.


Workshops for teachers and advanced students. Cities include Manhattan Beach and San Diego, California; Denver, Fort Collins, and Pueblo, Colorado; San Antonio, Houston, and Killeen, Texas; Seattle, Washington; and St. Louis, Missouri.


Private instructor for advanced students and teachers.


Founding Director, Hawaii Dance Seminar.


Hula Competition Judge, Kileen, Texas.


Began formal classes and Halau.


BA Liberal Arts, University of Arizona (Honors Graduate)

University of California at Santa Barbara, 1 year Graduate work in Experimental Psychology.



My family's connection with Hawaii goes back to 1825, and the Hawaiian culture has been a major part of my life.

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