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Kumu Hula Greg Lontayao                                                   

Greg started dancing in 1974 while growing up in San Francisco, California, for Tiare Otea of San Francisco, under the late Kumu Hula Tiare Clifford and later with Ka'a Mea O Ka Makani under Kumu Hula Mark Keali'i Ho'omalu. After moving to Kane'ohe, Hawai'i, in 1983, he joined Waimapuna under the late Kumu Hula Darrell Lupenui and later with Hauoli Hula Studio under the late Kumu Hula Leilani Sharpe Mendez. After their passing, he continued with Tahitian Raatira Teitu Kame'enui; Keolalaulani Hālau 'Olapa O Laka under Kumu Hula Aloha Dalire;  Iwalani's School of Dance under Kumu Hula Iwalani Tseu and Lei Hulu Hula School under Kumu Hula Kimo Alama Keaulana.

From 1989 to 2008 he performed for Kalo's Polynesian Revue at the South Seas Village at the Hawaiian Hut.  He has also performed at the Waikiki Calls, Voyage, Tahitian Lanai, Polynesian Palace and throughout the state of Hawai'i for many private and convention shows.  He has also traveled to perform and teach in California, Japan, Korea and Canada.

He was an Alaka'i (assistant instructor) for Kumu Hula Aloha Dalire of Keolalaulani Hālau 'Olapa O Laka, from 1992 to 2000.  Since 1992,  he has been teaching hula for the State of Hawai’i, Department of Education, Community Schools Adult Education Program at Kaiser High School.  He is the Kumu Hula for Hālau Kawaihoa, which was established in 2000. 

He and his wife R. Nena Reloj Lontayao  have been married since 1979 and have three children and two grandchildren.  They have lived in Kane'ohe, Hawai'i since 1983.

History:
1974 - Tiare Otea of San Francisco, Kumu Hula Tiare Clifford
1983 - Ka'a Mea O Ka Makani,
Kumu Hula Mark Keali'i Ho'omalu
1985 - Waimapuna, Kumu Hula Darrell Lupenui
1987 -
Kalena's Polynesian Ohana, Isitolo & Iwalani Oloa and Teitu Kame'enui 
1987 - Hauoli Hula Hālau, Kumu Hula Leilani Sharpe Mendez
1992 - Keolalaulani Hālau 'Olapa O Laka, Kumu Hula Aloha Dalire
1992 - Rohotu, Kumu Hula Wallis Punua
1993 - Iwalani's School of Dance, Kumu Hula Iwalani Tseu
1998 - Lei Hulu Hula School, Kumu Hula Kimo Alama Keaulana
2000 - Halau Kawaihoa

Achievements:
1983 - Member of Ka'a Mea O Ka Makani - 3rd Place Kane Hula 'Auana - 1983 Merrie Monarch
1986 - Member of Waimapuna - 1st Place and Overall Hālau Winner - 1986 Merrie Monarch
1988 - Polynesian Festival, Honolulu, Hawai'i - Tahitian Male Soloist 1st Place
1995 - Ke Alohi Hula Kane & Overall Winner - Waimea Falls Park, Waimea, O'ahu, Hawai'i
1997 -
World Invitational Hula Festival - Hawai'i Kane Solo Winner
2000 - Teacher of the Year - Kaimuki/Kaiser Community Schools for Adults, State of Hawaii DOE
2000 - 'Uniki - Lei Hulu Hula School - Kumu Hula Kimo Alama Keaulana
2000 - Established the Kawaihoa Foundation and Hālau Kawaihoa
2004 - Invited Presenter for E Pili Kakou I Ho'okahi Lahui - California
2005 - Invited Presenter for E Pili Kakou I Ho'okahi Lahui - Kaua'i, Japan & California
2006 - Invited Presenter for E Pili Kakou I Ho'okahi Lahui - Japan, Canada & California
2008 - Hālau Kawaihoa invited to participate in the 45th Annual Merrie Monarch Festival
2009 - Adjudicator for the Pacific West Performing Arts Festival - Vancouver, Canada
2012 - Invited Presenter for E Pili Kakou I Ho'okahi Lahui - Kaua'i
2013 - Invited Presenter at the Hawaiian Festival - Senami Spa - Murakami City, Niigata, Japan

 

 

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