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.