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Kumu Hula Leiola Aquino Galla
Kumu Hula Leiola Galla
Kumu Hula (Hula Master) Leiola Aquino Galla was born on Oʻahu, and raised in the Hawaiian culture, hula, arts, dancing, singing and chanting. She first began hula at a young age of three years old with her mother and three sisters with her first kumu hula - George Lanakilakekiahialiʻi Naʻope - in the 1940s. She continued to dance for Uncle George (founder of the Merrie Monarch Festival "hula olympics") through her childhood, teen years and as a young adult. Leiola received her palapala from Uncle George Nāʻope in 1979. She also learned from other kumu hula which have included Bella Richards, John Piʻilani Watkins, Edna Aguil, Edith Kanakaʻole, Johnny Lum Ho, and Leilani Sharpe Mendes. Leiola has taught hula extensively in Hawaiʻi, Oregon and now in Arizona.
When the hālau was founded, it was founded as Kaleiola Hula Halau, a name chosen by Uncle George. The name comes from Leiola and her daughters Kanela and Kalei, who are her Alaka'i's in the hālau.
Leiola has been active in the Tucson community since 1996, bringing hula and Hawaiian culture to everyone who is interested, young and old alike. She offers classes for beginners as well as experienced hula dancers, and her halau provides entertainment at events and special occasions, including holiday celebrations.
Both daughters are active in the Hawaiian culture and often return to Arizona assist their mom in workshops, seminars, and various programs.