|Vicky Holt Takamine|
Vicky is the founder and kumu hula (master teacher) of Pua Ali‘i ‘Ilima, a school of traditional Hawaiian dance. She graduated through the ‘ūniki rituals of hula from Maiki Aiu Lake. Vicky received her BA and MA in Dance Ethnology from the University of Hawai‘i. She is a lecturer at UH Mānoa and Leeward Community College. She has served as the Hawaiian consultant and choreographer for numerous Hawaiian Style Theatre productions.
Vicky 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, Vicky 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 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 also the co-founder and president for Papa Laua‘e O Makana on Kaua‘i Island and co-founder and Executive Director for PA‘I Foundation on Oahu Island.