Vicky Holt Takamine
Vicky Holt Takamine is the founder and kumu hula (master teacher) of Pua Ali‘i ‘Ilima, a school of traditional Hawaiian dance with classes on Oʻahu, KauaʻI and New York City. She graduated through the ‘ūniki rituals of hula from Maiki Aiu Lake. Holt Takamine received her BA and MA from the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa and for more than 30 years she was a lecturer of hula at UH Mānoa Music Department and Leeward Community College. Holt Takamine is well respected throughout the Hawaiian community for her cultural expertise and advocacy work on behalf of Hawaiians, their cultural traditions, and the protection and preservation of the cultural and natural resources of Hawai‘i. In 1997, Holt Takamine coordinated a massive demonstration of Hawaiian cultural practitioners to oppose legislation that would severly restrict native Hawaiian cultural practices. Since then, she has coordinated demonstrations, rallies and marches calling for social, economic and environmental justice for native Hawaiians. She co-founded ‘Īlio‘ulaokalani, a coalition of traditional practitioners committed to protecting their Hawaiian customs and traditions. She is the po‘o (president) and inspirational leader of this organization. She is also the co-founder and served as the president of KAHEA: The Hawaiian Environmental Alliance, a coalition of Hawaiian and Environmental organizations committed to protecting the natural and cultural environment of Hawai‘i. She is the co-founder and Executive Director of PA‘I Foundation on Oahu Island and the Festival Director for the 13th Festival of Pacific Arts & Culture which will be held in HawaiʻI in June, 2020.