Puanani, means beautiful flower.
Puanani is a proud native of San Diego, a region of southern California that is abundant with rich island culture. After watching a
live hula show at the age of 7, she was quite intrigued by the dance and began her hula studies with Kumu Hula Waine'e Aranio's
Halau O Haleloke. Through the years with the halau, she performed for many public and private performances with her hula
brothers and sisters and as a keiki soloist. For a brief period, she studied tahitian dance as well.
After a hiatus from dancing, Puanani discovered hula classes at Ballet Austin's Butler Community School. In September of 2010,
she began taking lessons with Pohina of Island Rhythms Hula Company, and she proudly accepted the invitation to join the
company as a dancer in spring of 2011.
Puanani continues to master her hula skills with the advanced hula class taught by Kumu Hula Pei-San Brown at Ballet Austin's
Butler Community School.
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Photo by Vivian Kaw.