Shirley Recca shares pearls of wisdom after 26 years as a kumu hula

She established Halau Hula `O Namakahulali in 1993

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Shirley Recca is the kumu hula of Hālau Hula ʻO Nāmakahūlali. She and her husband Joe are icons in Waikīkī; having performed for decades to tens of thousands of malihini. In fact, the couple still perform to this day and are both actively involved in numerous cultural endeavors.

“It is a joy to teach students of all ages and skills the culture and heritage of Hawaii through ancient (kahiko), modern (‘auwana), and hapa haole hula,” Recca says.”A lot of wonderful moments in my life with the world of dance.”

Recca started hula when she was just eight years old. After many years as a solo dancer both in Hawaii and abroad, she established Halau Hula `O Namakahulali in 1993. She began her hula studies with Puanani Alama as a child, performing her first ho’ike (show) with Aunty Genoa Keawe. Recca has worked with many hula masters to add to her repertoire of ancient and modern hula, including Uncle George Holokai and Kimo Alama Keaulana. Kumu Recca has served as a judge of the ‘auana division of the E Ho’i Mai Ka Piko Hula Competition.

Recca is also involved in the annual Prince Lot Hula Festival, which will be filmed internationally for the first time and later televised on September 12, 2020.

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