Polynesian Dance Productions brings you the most elite Polynesian dance revue in the tri-state area. All featured dancers were born and raised in the islands of Hawai'i, Tahiti, or Samoa, and we boast a combined 80+ years of experience studying, performing, and teaching the traditional dances of Polynesia throughout the islands and beyond.
Our dancers have trained since childhood in the art of Hawaiian dance, culture, and language. We are award-winning professionals who have distinguished ourselves at international Hawaiian and Tahitian dance competitions, including the world-renowned Merrie Monarch Festival, the King Kamehameha Hula Competition, & Tahiti Fete. Before relocating to New York City, we each held coveted positions as performers in the best lu'au shows in Honolulu, including the Magic of Polynesia, Paradise Cove Lu'au, and the Star of Honolulu Sunset Cruise. We offer our clients a truly authentic Polynesian dance experience that can only be achieved through years of expert professional training in Hawai'i. We aim to respect and perpetuate the native culture of the islands in all that we do, and we share the essence of aloha with every audience member.
Our spectacular performances include dances from the islands of Hawai'i, Tahiti, New Zealand, & Samoa and feature authentic costumes designed and constructed by our dancers, including REAL handmade La'i (ti-leaf) skirts, better known as "grass skirts". We can also incorporate educational and audience participation segments into our show at the clients' discretion.
If you seek the best that New York City has to offer, look no further than Polynesian Dance Productions to take you on a journey to our beloved homeland through song and dance.
~ May ~ Our resident Tahitian dance specialist, May has won numerous solo Tahitian dance titles at Tahiti Fete competitions in Hawai'i. She has distinguished herself as a versatile Polynesian dancer performing in the Magic of Polynesia extravaganza in Waikiki as well as at the Princeville Hotel and the Poipu Village Show on her native island of Kaua'i. She has also trained in Tahiti and has danced internationally as part of the Sounds of Hawai'i tour in Japan. In addition to dancing with Polynesian Dance Productions, May also teaches Tahitian dance in New York City.
~ Malia ~ Malia is Native Hawaiian, speaks Hawaiian, trained in Hawaiian chanting and also plays Hawaiian instruments such as the 'Ukulele and the Ipu Heke(Hawaiian gourd drum used in Hula). For the past 16 years, Malia has performed extensively as a solo hula dancer throughout Hawai'i, Japan, Australia, & Europe. In Hawai'i, she performed in both Germaine's Lu'au and the Paradise Cove Lu'au. She also spent four years performing and teaching Polynesian dance at Japan's Tokyo Disneyland. She has appeared as a Polynesian dancer on Baywatch, Wheel of Fortune, and the Miss Universe Pageant. She trained in Hawaiian dance at Halau Na Mamo o Ka'ala under the direction of kumu hula (master hula instructor) Noelani Chang in Wai'anae, Hawai'i. Malia has taught Hawaiian dance and culture in Hawai'i, Japan, North Carolina, and New York City.
~ Kealani ~ Kealani has dedicated herself to the art of hula kahiko, or ancient Hawaiian dance. She began her study of hula at the age of four, and has performed competitively and professionally since 1996. Before moving to the east coast, she received eight competitive titles as an advanced dancer with the hula halau (school) Ka Pa Lehua under the direction of na kumu hula (master hula instructors) Lehua Hulihe'e & Doreen Doo. She also spent five years entertaining guests aboard the Star of Honolulu cruise ship with her award-winning song and dance. She has taught Hawaiian and Tahitian dance in Honolulu, Connecticut, and New York City.
~ Hone ~ Born into the Ngaati Tuwharetoa tribe of the Maori people and raised in the Waikato region of New Zealand, Hone has been dedicated to the perpetuation of his beloved Kapahaka, or Maori Performing Arts, since a young age. He trained beneath Kim and Rahira Makekau at the Polynesian Cultural Center on the island of O'ahu, where in 2008 he led the winning group of the Te Manahua international Kapahaka competition. Now in New York City, Hone continues to teach Maori song, dance, language, and culture, as well as to captivate audiences with his spectacular fire poi dance.
~ Kim ~ The newest addition to our group, fresh from Hawai'i nei, Kim began studying the art of hula dance with hula halau (school) Hui 'O Kamalei in 1996. Kim has performed with this halau, known for its innovative, modern style, throughout both Hawai'i and Japan. Kim has also studied traditional hula kahiko with kumu hula (master hula instructor) Lehua Hulihe'e and has won awards in numerous hula kahiko dance competitions. She has danced professionally with the Tahitian dance group Te Vai Ura Nui in Honolulu, Hawai'i. Kim continues her efforts to showcase authentic Polynesian culture and dance by organizing Hawaiian cultural events in New York City. She is also the lead dancer and instructor of Polynesian dance at Columbia University.
Malia from Wai'anae, O'ahu (Female Polynesian Dancer),
May from Lihue, Kaua'i (Female Polynesian Dancer),
Kealani from Nu'uanu, O'ahu (Female Polynesian Dancer),
Hone from New Zealand (Maori Fire Poi Dancer),
Kim from Honolulu, O'ahu (Female Polynesian Dancer),
Hina from Mahina, Tahiti (Female Dancer & Musician),
Kapuanani from Honolulu, O'ahu (Female Polynesian Dancer),
Moana from Samoa (Female Polynesian Dancer),
Kanamu from Samoa (Male Dancer),
Kanoe from Aina Haina, O'ahu (Female Polynesian Dancer),
William from Wahiawa, O'ahu (Male Dancer)