Former Miss Aloha Hula Mahealani Mika Hirao-Solem joins McKenna virtually from her hale in California. Mika is celebrating her 10-year anniversary of being honored the title of Miss Aloha Hula in 2010. McKenna asks Mika to share some of her memories.
Hula truly is life for Kapua Dalire-Moe. This former Miss Aloha Hula and Kumu Hula comes from a long line of hula dancers and Kuma Hula. Her mother, Aloha Dalire was the very first Miss Aloha Hula in 1971. A title that Kapua was honored with in 1991...
McKenna gets a virtual visit from Da Kolohe Krew. Although you may know them as vibrant radio hosts, Mele Apana and Shannon Scott are lending their voices to encourage everyone to support local Native Hawaiian-owned businesses through Pop-Up Mākeke.
Amy Hānaialiʻi, known as Hawai’i’s top-selling female vocalist, pays a virtual visit to McKenna at the Talk Story Hale. McKenna introduces the celebrated singer as a name that is synonymous with the word hula. Amy’s beautiful voice and mele have been the inspiration and accompaniment to countless
Sharing ALOHA Around the World in a Global Event with Hawaiian Music and HULA. E Kanikapila Kakou Hula Hou featured Hawaiian artists and hula dancers from around the world, all coming together for one great concert.
McKenna Maduli flies to Oakland, CA to pay a visit to her Kumu Hula Mark Kealiʻi Hoʻomalu. A legend in his own right, Mark Kealiʻi Hoʻomalu greets McKenna with a big hug, then playfully tells her she’s cut and closes the door.
2019ʻs most awarded hālau from Merrie Monarch Festival and the Queen Lili'uokalani Keiki Hula Competition is Hālau Hi'iakaināmakalehua. Led by Kumu Hula Robert Ke'anokealakahikikapoleikamaka'opua Ka'upu IV and Kumu Hula Kauhilonohonua Padilla...
McKenna visits Hālau Hi'iakaināmakalehua to Talk Story with two young dancers who took home big titles in 2019: Miss Keiki Hula Kaimana Joe Kaitoku Friez, and Master Keiki Hula Zyon Blaze ‘Auikekaiola Telles-Kuwahara.
Miss Aloha Hula 2019 Taizha Keakealani Hughes-Kaluhiokalani Talks Story with McKenna at her hālau in Oahu: Hālau Hi'iakaināmakalehua. McKenna asks her to take us back to that very special Thursday night that she was crowned Miss Aloha Hula.
It has been a big year for Hālau Hi'iakaināmakalehua in Oahu, Hawaii’s 2019ʻs most awarded hālau from Merrie Monarch Festival and the Queen Lili'uokalani Keiki Hula led by Kumu Hula Robert Ke'anokealakahikikapoleikamaka'opua Ka'upu IV and Kumu Hula Kauhilonohonua Padilla.
On this special segment of Talk Story: Hula is Life, McKenna visits with kumu hula and Muti-Nā Hōkū Hanohano award-winning singer Nāpua Greig. McKenna flew to the Valley Isle to catch up with the upcountry Maui girl, who’s busy life resembles an intricate hula.
If you are a hula dancer you know who Kim Taylor Reece is. The renowned photographer is one of the first to capture the movement of hula kahiko. Talk story host McKenna Maduli was invited to visit the artist at his North Shore gallery for a very special photo shoot.