2022 Honoree

Workshop will be held by the students of Joseph K. Kahaulelio.

Joseph Kahaulelio

An accomplished musician, singer, songwriter, dancer and master of ceremonies, Joseph K. Kahaulelio was the Hawaii Visitors Bureau's entertainment director in the 1960's and 70's. He was a creative show producer, with revues in hotel showrooms on Oahu and Kauai. He trained in the ancient hula (kahiko) with Katie Nakaula, Lokalia Montgomery, and Henry Pa, and was also a skillful comic dancer. In 1975 he moved to California and opened "Kamo's of Hawaii," a hula studio in Hayward, near San Francisco. He produced the Bay Area's Tahiti Fete competition in 1979, and was the inspiration for the Joseph Kamohai Kahaulelio Chant & Hula Competition in the 1970s and 1980s.

Now considered one of Hawaii's great hula teachers and choreographers, Joseph Kahaulelio trained many of Hawaii's current kumu hula who proudly claim his lineage in their work.


14 Dec 1929 Honolulu, Honolulu County, Hawaii, USA


25 May 1985 (aged 55)

Joseph Kahaulelio, 1921 - 1997

Joseph Kahaulelio was born on month day 1921, at birth place , Pennsylvania, to George Kahaulelio and Lily Kahaulelio .

George was born circa 1895, in Hawaii, United States.

Lily was born circa 1893, in Hawaii, United States.

Joseph had 4 siblings.

Joseph married Gertrude Jane Kahaulelio (born Array) on month day 1946, at age 25 at marriage place , Pennsylvania.

Gertrude was born on February 25 1915, in Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.