Kumu Hula Haleakala Sakata
Haleakala began hula training more than 45 years ago with Kumu Hula Ellen Pukaikapuaokalani Castillo of Waimanalo, whose hula lineage comes from Aunty Bella Richards, whose lineage descends from Hilo and Kekauilani “Aunty Lani” Kalama, whose hula descends from Lokalia Montgomery.
In 1991, Haleakala received the title of Kumu Hula and established Halau Hula Helele’i Pua ‘O Waipi’o in Honoka’a, Hawai’i. She has been blessed with opportunities to share hula teachings throughout Hawai’i, Tahiti, Samoa, and the United States. She continues to participate in and has received awards in various hula competitions in Hawai’i, and abroad.
Haleakala sits as Judge with the City and County, Parks and Recreation and the George Na’ope Annual Kupuna Hula Competition in Keauhou, Hawai’i.