Connecticut
Profile Type: Artist
Artist
Kaiholunuie Polynesian Dance Company

Kaiholunuie Polynesian Dance Company (KPDC), expresses the cultural vitality of Polynesia through many dance styles of the South Pacific. Our performance company consists of a thriving multicultural group of ladies, men, young people, and keiki (children), who come together as extended ohana (family). It is here they learn the art of, and deeper meanings of the hula, as well as other forms of Polynesian dance.

Those dance forms consist of Tahiti Ori, Maori dance from New Zealand, and Samoan Siva. While KPDC maintains a commitment to authenticity, we strive to be inclusive to all those who seek deeper knowledge of Polynesian culture and share in aloha spirit. KPDC has performed across the state of Connecticut, into Massachusetts, New York, and Rhode Island. KPDC also performs at international fairs and schools in an effort to maintain our educational partnerships. It is our mission to educate and inform all youth through the arts, and workshops as a platform to instill a deeper understanding of Polynesian culture, artwork, regalia, and history. Many of KPDC’s artists are educators, parents and professionals who have a deep desire to preserve and perpetuate the cultural heritage and history of the people of the South Pacific.

Kaholunuie Polynesian Dance Company is based out of Wallingford, Connecticut and was founded in 2004 by Kekai Colello, Artistic Director. She has over forty-five years of Polynesian dance experience, and over thirty years of experience in choreography and instruction. She holds a BA in English with an emphasis in multicultural literature, and a Masters Degree in Education. She is a graduate of Quinnipiac University in Hamden, CT.

AKaiholunuie is a blossoming and thriving multicultural group of ladies, young people, and keiki who come together as extended ohana to learn the art of the hula, sharing in the idea of aloha. Today, Kaiholunuie performs all over the state of Connecticut bringing an authentic Polynesian experience to audiences both young and well traveled. 

 

Kekai is an English teacher by day, teaching eighth grade students a multicultural course that covers both diversity and anti-bias issues.  She also directs the Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month Assembly at her school, and teaches an after school program on Polynesian Dance to students. It is Kekai’s hope that our young people will be more globally aware of the many beautiful cultures, traditions, values, and belief systems that makes the world a wonderful, and invaluable classroom to explore.

Contact Information

First Name: 
Kekai
Job Title/Position: 
Artistic Director
Mailing Address: 
P.O. Box 1665
Wallingford, CT 06492
Physical Address: 
970 North Colony Road
Wallingford, CT 06492
Last Name: 
Colello
Phone: 
203-927-1239

About

Profile Type: 
Artist
Primary Discipline: 
Dance - Ethnic
Additional Disciplines: 
Dance - General
Dance - Ethnic
Dance - Traditional
Humanities - Cultural Heritage
Multi-Disciplinary
Music - Ethnic / World
Year Founded: 
2004
Populations Served: 
Adults
Businesses
Elders
Families
General Public
Immigrant Populations
Incarcerated (or Formerly Incarcerated) Individuals
LGBTQ Populations
Native American Tribes
Nonprofits
People with Disabilities
School Groups
Teens
Veteran/Active Duty Military Personnel
Youth-At-Risk
Languages Available: 
American Sign Language
Chinese
Japanese
Institution/Business Type: 
Performing Groups
Activities and Services: 
Arts Instruction / Lessons
Community Arts
Curriculum Development
Performance / Concert / Reading
Public Art Projects (In Free, Public Spaces)
Workshops / Demonstrations / Master Class
Events Per Year: 
50
Seasons Active: 
Spring
Summer
Fall
Winter
Geographic Reach: 
Town / City
County
Multi-County Region
State
Multi-State Region

Affiliations and Accomplishments

Education: 
Degree in English with an emphasis in multicultural literature

Accessibility of Services

Access accommodations for people who use a wheelchair and have limited mobility
Access accommodations for people who are blind, partially sighted, and have low vision
Access accommodations for people who are Deaf and hard-of-hearing
Accessible website and/or multimedia for people with sensory disabilities
Kaiholunuie has a professional sign language interpreter who dances with us, interpreting our dances for the hearing impaired.

I am a Touring Artist

Technical Requirements: 
Sound system, or we can provide our own
Fee Range Minimum: 
$150
Fee Range Maximum: 
$2,000
State of Residence: 
Connecticut
Minimum Number of Performers: 
2
Maximum Number of Performers: 
12

I am a Teaching Artist

Teaching Settings: 
Afterschool Program
Arts and Cultural Center / Venue
Community Site / Center
Corporate Business
Healthcare Facility
School / University
Subject Areas: 
Arts Integration - English Language / Literacy
Dance
Literature
Music
Visual/Crafts
Ages Served: 
Pre-Kindergarten-age
Elementary School-age
Middle School-age
High School-age
College-Age
Adults
Seniors
Certifications / Training: 
Certified English with an emphasis in multicultural literature 7-12th grade
Certification in mindfulness techniques
Fee Range Minimum: 
$175
Fee Range Maximum: 
$1,500