ABOUT US

We strive to keep the Hawaiian and Tahitian culture alive

Ola i ka Makana ma ke Akua

"Life is a gift from God" 

Aloha Nui, Kanani

Puahi's Polynesian Dance Studio was opened in the Temecula Valley in 2007.  We have seen a lot of growth over the years and have focused our attention to learning not just the dance, but the meaning behind the dance and to preserve the essence of the culture.  It has been our privilege and honor to be able to represent the two beautiful dance cultures of Hawai'i and Tahiti.  

Our 'Ohana (family) has continued to grow and thrive through the years because of the blessings, love, and dedication we attain from our dancers, drummers, parents, and families.  Puahi's gives our thanks to God above for the many blessings we have been given over the years.  Puahi's desire is to have her dancers know not just the dance, but to truly understand the culture and people from these lands.  

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Brenda "Puahi" Malick

Puahi's has been teaching both Hula and Tahitian dance and culture in the Temecula Valley since 1995.  Beginning lessons out of her home, the students began to grow and we moved to a studio in Temecula.    

Puahi started dancing at ten years old and has continued to educate herself in dance and culture.  Puahi has established a relationship with her Kumu (Teacher), Kumu Hula Rich Pedrina of Hālau Hula ‘O Nāpunaheleonāpua to understand the culture and implement the style and traditions of traditional Hula; Kahiko.  Puahi has also established a relationship with the islands of Huahine, Bora Bora, Tahiti, Raiatea, and Taha'a to learn true Tahitian society and dance styles.  This has been accomplished through becoming a "Sister Halau" with Huahine and Raiatea.  This has been accomplished through the relationship she has built with Taste of Tahiti.  

These relationships have been instituted as a way for the dancers of Puahi's to experience the traditions and customs of the people from these islands and learn the true essesnce of why they dance.

It has been a privilege and honor to be able to represent two beautiful dance cultures of Hawai'i and Tahiti.

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Our 'Ohana (family)

Our 'Ohana has successfully thrived in the Temecula Valley over the years because of our commitment to the knowledge and dedication to the preservation of both Hula and Tahitian dance.  

Over the last several years, Puahi's dancers have continually perfected their dance skills and have grown in knowledge of dance and culture.   Puahi’s students have been blessed to be a part of the King Kamehameha Hula Competition under the direction of Kumu Rich Pedrina of Halau Hula ‘O Nāpunaheleonāpua.  We have also been blessed to compete in several Tahitian Dance competitions throughout Southern California in both Group and Solo competitions.  

More recently, Puahi's has now been able to travel to the islands of Huahine and Raiatea to perform for the people in these islands and to demonstrate not just their Tahitian dance, but to also represent the Hula.

 
Hula is the language of the heart, therefore the heartbeat of the Hawaiian people
— King David Kalākaua

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