Na Mamo o Tulipa

Kapolei, HI, and Japan, California and Virginia - Kumu Hula Leato S. Savini

Halau Na Mamo O Tulipa is a Polynesian Halau that has a strong emphasis on the Hawaiian language, culture, and dance. The halau’s mission is to encourage and enhance the knowledge of Hawaiian and Polynesian cultures through dance, language, music, and song.

The halau was established in 2004 by Kumu Hula Leato S. Savini of Wai'anae, Hawai'i.

Halau Na Mamo O Tulipa is named after the late MARGARET TULIPA AFOA-LUTU-SAVINI. She was the grandmother of Kumu Leato. The halau strives to continue her Legacy of Hula and Polynesian Dance to all of its haumana and 'ohana as well as its audiences. The halau has four branches: Hawai'i, Japan, Virginia, and California. The main halau is located in Kapolei, HI.

The halau works with the Association of Hawaiian Civic Clubs as the TULIPA HAWAIIAN CIVIC CLUB. The Association’s mission is to, “Serve with pono in advocacy of culture, health, economic development, education, social welfare and nationhood.” Our focus is on perpetuating and cultivating the culture and ensuring it stays alive.

From time to time Halau Na Mamo O Tulipa works together with Tapalau Faa Anamua a Tahitian Drum School under the direction of Siva Savini (Son of our Namesake). The halau also has relationships with other halau and their kumu hula throughout the United States as well as Japan.

Although our halau is an education based halau we participate in competition. Competition helps take a dancer to a different level in their dance experience. Competition also gives a dancer more motivation to improve and grow on a personal level with their skill. We have participated in various competitions garnering awards for our performances. These Competitions are; Ia 'Oe E Ka La, Ho'ike Hawai'i, World Invitational, and others.

Halau Na Mamo O Tulipa is led by a diverse group of individuals. Kumu Leato S. Savini oversees the entire halau and travels between each location. He is assisted by the following individuals.

Hawai'i:
Alaka`i: Kaimi Viernes
Instructor: Mokihana Savini
Kako'o: Annie Harada
Staff: Roxanne Phillips & Malia Keopuhiwa

Japan:
Alaka'i: Kawahine Sekiya
Kako'o: Hime Kojima, Naoko Takeda, Emi Murata, Tomoko Omo, Kanae Tsuchiya, Riho Hoshino, Kaori Fukaya, Chiho Tsukasa, Keity Fukui, Kuma Okada, Michiko Ishikura, Yuki Hashimoto and Poly Instructor Hiromi Gervacio.

Virginia:
Alaka'i: Mailani Rytter
Kako'o: Kehau Botelho

California:
Alaka`i Tulipa Takako Savini-Maino

The band for the halau is named the Pearls of the Pacific, named after our namesake's old dance group. The members of this band are: Apisaloma “Nofo” Savini (son of our namesake and dad to Kumu), Tammy “Moki” Savini (Wife to Nofo and mom to Kumu), Larry Holu, and Shirley Holu (President of our Organization).