PBS Hawai‘i & The Center for Biographical Research
Date of Publication: 2002
Running Time: 57 minutes
Margaret Maiki Aiu Lake was one of the most widely recognized kumu hula, or hula masters, of the twentieth century. She was passionately devoted to learning about Hawaiian culture at a time when such interests were often discouraged. As a very young woman, she sought out some of the most respected kumu hula of her time, including her primary teacher, Lokalia Montgomery. Maiki helped to preserve and pass on crucial components of Hawaiian knowledge and tradition through difficult times. In her school, Halau Hula o Maiki, she trained many of the most-respected kumu hula who teach and practice today. Maiki Aiu Lake was indisputably one of the major contributors to the 1970s cultural reawakening on a grand scale that has come to be called the Hawaiian renaissance. This stunning visual history combines interviews with her students, family, and friends, together with never-before-seen photographs and moving images. Bonus features include rare video of 1976 performances of Maiki Aiu Lake with Halau Hula o Maiki, and Maiki Aiu Lake signature hulas with student and featured dancer Gordean Leilehua Bailey, with Wehiwehi O Leilehua.