Halau I Ka Wekiu was begun on March 15, 1998 by Na Kumu Hula Karl Veto Baker and Michael Lanakila Casupang. Baker and Casupang are graduates of Halau Na Kamalei, Kumu Hula Robert Cazimero.
The halau is located in Pauoa Oahu, at Keonaonalani, on land that was deeded to Kumu Hula Bakers great grandmother Mary Keonaona, by Queen Liliuokalani.
The halau currently has approximately 100 students from high school age through kupuna. This year at the Merrie Monarch Festival, the kane of Halau I Ka Wekiu will be participating, their first time since 2007.
Their hula kahiko honors the Waialua moku of Oahu in a mele written by Kaiponohea Hale in 1981. The kane of Halau I Ka Wekiu embarked on a huakai or journey to visit the places spoken of in the mele in February . . . from Kaena Point to Waimea stretching inland as well to Wahiawa and Waianae 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.