About Kumu Kaipo,
Kumu Kaipo, whose late father was of
pure Hawaiian ancestry and late mother was half
Hawaiian, was born in Hawai'i. The essence of
ancient Hawaiian values, philosophy and energies
vibrate deeply within her belief system. This
mainstay, coupled with life experiences of the
Eastern and Western cultures, evolved into her
All moving as One
(Ne'e papa like)…
One moving with
(Ne'e papa pū)
Since 1962, Kumu
Kaipo has been
instructing and teaching a
multitude of students in Hawai'i,
Japan, Costa Rica, Istanbul,
Philippines, Germany, Russia, Ukraine, Cypress, Austria, and the continental USA.
Having rekindled her passion for dance several years ago, she revamped her program previously based on competitions and performances into one focusing on healing and fun.
The sessions expound on how the
timbre of a song or chant,
integrated with flowing
movements and rhythmic beats,
can truly guide a participant to
develop tools to find love,
light and laughter.
'Iolani School, Performing Arts Dept
From 1979 to 1994,
developed the dance
the Upper and Lower
Ka Pā Hula Manu / Kahanā Kealoha Ho’opa’a
/ ‘Ōlapa / Alaka’i
Certified in the
Traditional and Modern
the Merrie Monarch
Festival from 1973 to
Hanayagi Classical Dance School
(Tokyo, Japan / Honolulu, Hawai'i)
Natori – Hanayagi
Certified by Masters in
Home Schooled by family elders, 1948 - 1991
Dahn Mu Do, 2005 - 2011
chanting have provided a steady compass
throughout Kumu Kaipo's life’s journey. Each time a hula
or chant is revisited, there is a different
level of understanding of its story and
message. She especially enjoys when the students asks questions...because it reflects that they are curious and hungry for knowledge.
Kumu Kaipo endeavors to show how the voices of a
poetic chant or mele, coupled with fluid
movements depicting nature and rhythmic beats of
an instrument, can truly escort a participant to
find one’s joy, health and sense of peace.
Kumu Kaipo has spent
over 57 years teaching and mentoring thousands
of students in
Hawai'i, Japan, Costa Rica, Istanbul, Philippines, Germany, Russia, Ukraine, Cypress, Austria, and the continental USA. Kumu currently shares the essence of old Hawai'i in San Antonio, Texas, where she currently resides.
In 1979, Kumu Kaipo created and developed the dance program at 'Iolani School. She
started with a humble number of seven students.
By 1983, she was directing a dance program that
encompassed all grades, K thru 12. It involved 5 full-time dance teachers, over 700 students during the
regular school day curriculum and over 300
students during the after school program.
(Computer Training Academy) – Certified
Microsoft Office User Specialist
Instructed adults from all walks
of life – Court Judges, Lawyers, Truck Drivers,
Clerks, Construction Workers, Administrators,
Business Owners – on all computer applications.
Business College) – Business Courses, Software
Taught business courses and
computer applications to adults.
Taught computer applications to
pre-school aged children at various school