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Hâlau I Ka Wçkiu was begun on March 15, 1998 by Nâ Kumu Hula Karl Veto Baker and Michael Lanakila Casupang. Baker and Casupang are graduates of Hâlau Nâ Kamalei, Kumu Hula Robert Cazimero.
The hâlau is located in Pauoa O'ahu, at Keonaonalani, on land that was deeded to Kumu Hula Baker's great grandmother Mary Keonaona, by Queen Lili'uokalani.
The hâlau currently has approximately 100 students from high school age through kûpuna. This year at the Merrie Monarch Festival, the kâne of Hâlau I Ka Wçkiu will be participating, their first time since 2007.
Their hula kahiko honors the Waialua moku of O'ahu in a mele written by Kaiponohea Hale in 1981. The kâne of Hâlau I Ka Wçkiu embarked on a huaka'i or journey to visit the places spoken of in the mele in February . . . from Ka'ena Point to Waimea stretching inland as well to Wahiawâ and Wai'anae Uka. The pictures show the men who will be participating, some of the places visited and people who helped us along the way to make this journey possible.