My name is Krista Moanikeʻalanālehua Espiritu. I began my hula journey at the age of three with Betty Jean Lantz. I continued to learn into my adult years under the direction of Robyn Lehua Ford and Mary Kay Kealohilani French. All of these Kumu studied under my current Kumu Hula, Auntie Marge Lehualani Hunt who studied under Emma "Mama" Kahelelani Bishop on the island of O’ahu and back in the 1950’s. This authentic hula lineage started at the source, in Hawai’i, many many years ago. It is with great pride that I pass on the mana’o or knowledge that has been passed down to me to those who wish to learn traditional ‘auana and kahiko style dance as it was taught generations ago in the ‘ai ha’a style.
I believe in sharing hula with everyone interested, from all ethnic origins, without bias. To restrict this gift to one ethnic group is a tragic thing and in my mind goes against the intention of the aloha spirit. It is the kuleana/responsibility of our generation to perpetuate the treasures that have been passed down to us from those who have come before us.
We are an inclusive halau with emphasis put on aloha/love, respect/ho’ihi and humility/ha’aha’a towards the practice of Hula and Polynesian dance. It is with this intent that we can create positive energies for one another and for the world we live in.
Me ke aloha pumehana,
Krista Moanikeʻalanālehua Espiritu
Firdale Village Shopping Center
9655 Firdale Avenue
Edmonds, WA 98020