LIHUE, KAUAI (HawaiiNewsNow) - Once a month Na Hoku Hanohano award winner Kuana Torres Kahele travels to Kaua'i to teach hula to the ladies of Ni'ihau.
Hula is considered one of the most traditional and beloved expressions of the Hawaiian culture, but it's been years since anyone has taught hula on Ni'ihau. Now a new generation of dancers are helping to keep a family legacy alive -- even if from an island away.
Kahele shares a very special relationship with the ladies of his halau. Many of the mele, or songs, he teaches are about Ni'ihau and several of them were composed by Kahele himself.