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Pili (Lyn ‘Unihipiliowailelepualu Hilliard)


Pili (Lyn ‘Unihipiliowailelepualu Hilliard) is a traditional healer, musician, and kumu nalu (meditation teacher) in the tradition of 'Okupu. 'Okupu is a path of meditation and spirituality which is deeply rooted in the traditional values and aloha of Hawai‘i. It honors the Earth, the ancestors, and the wisdom and creativity of the individual. Pili has explored the infinite source of life, love, and awareness for more than forty years, and is known for his skill as a guide on the inner journey.


Hula Manu O'o

Awarded "Gigmasters Best of 2012 and 2013", Hula Manu O'o featuring Pua comes directly from the South Pacific to feature at your next special event! Lovely and talented, our entertainers present showcases to suit every occasion and audience: from authentic dances of old Hawai'i to fun, upbeat party hulas that make every luau a good time! Whether you're planning an intimate gathering or large scale event, Hula Manu O'o delivers with more than 35 years of event entertainment experience and affordable, 5-Star packages starting at $200. Journey back in time when you book the "Ancient Voices" cultural showcase, enjoy the warmth of Hawaiian hospitality and book the "Island Journeys" hula show, romance fills the air in our tropical "Evening of Aloha" show, or swing the party into high-gear with the "Hapa Haole Luau Show". You can also customize your event with any combination of reasonably priced add-on features such as holiday-themed party shows, live musical accompaniment, Royal Hawaiian Wedding Ceremony, Aloha Lei Greeting, and more. No matter which options you choose, Hula Manu O'o featuring Pua is guaranteed to lend interest and diversity to every function with professional quality presentations, colorful costuming and vibrant repertoire!



Novelty Lei

The timelessness of aloha for a day or a lifetime.

“Our mission at Novelty Lei is to share my passion by creating a lei for every special occasion”

Isha Mok - Of Novelty Lei


Isha Mok of Novelty Lei has made the most wonderful, beautiful lei and floral arrangements for our events.

She learned the art of her lei making as a child from her grandmother in Hawaii and her work is done with such heart and aloha.

She makes extraordinary Hawaiian, Thai and East Indian Lei and arrangements. Her work has been on exhibit at the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco.

Jim and Paula - Pulama



Aloha Leis

Last Valentines Day, our Hawaiian music duo, Pulama played Aloha Grams for seven couples and we also played for a wedding party. Aileen at "Aloha Leis" worked with us to provide beautiful lei for the Aloha Gram recipients and for the wedding party. It was a pleasure to work with Aileen. The lei were delivered on time, with care, and in excellent condition. Aloha Leis provided the bride with a special lei that wowed everyone at the wedding. We recommend "Aloha Leis" to anyone looking to add beautiful lei and aloha to their event.


MuscleTone Recording Studios

MuscleTone Studios opened in September 1987 in north Berkeley and offers 24 + track recording. 24 bit, 48/96k rates. Recording, overdubbing, editing, automated Mixing and CD Mastering. Recording technician extraordinaire, Derek Bianci specializes in acoustic (acoustic guitar in particular) small, and often live ensemble recordings.



Coustii - Easy Ukulele Chords for Beginners

Are you wanting to learn to play the ukulele, but don't know where to begin? Well, you've come to the right place. We've broken down how to play ukulele chords into an easy digestible format.


Victoria Yee - Photography

Victoria Yee - Photography

Creating beautiful imagery utilizing digital and traditional photographic methods. Experienced in all formats of camera's and types of lighting situations. Skilled to produce and finish all sized projects from concept to final press ready files. Friendly and easy to collaborate with. Great with people, children and animals alike. I capture peoples spirit in a fun, light and playful way.

 Expertise with shooting on location and in the studio.

Specialties include: Concepts, All aspects of producing the photo shoot, allowing the subjects to be at ease and engaged during the photo shoot. Great with people, children and animals alike.



Chris McDonald MakeUp

Chris McDonald MakeUp

Specialties: Beauty and lifestyle makeup for print, video, advertising, editorial, film and special events.



All About Hula Dancing
For years Hawaii had been one of the top destinations on many couple's
"dream honeymoon" list, and it's easy to see why.
Hawaii not only boasts beautiful beaches, warm weather, and tropical surroundings,
but it also has a deep cultural history that many honeymooners look forward to exploring.
One of Hawaii's most well known cultural icons is the hula dancer.
Hula dancing is not only a rich cultural tradition in Hawaii, but also a major tourist attraction.
Everyone knows what the iconic hula dancer looks like,
but here are some things you may not know about the hula.
Hawaiian Music and Hula Archives,
the online collection of Hawaiian song lyrics
presented for perpetuation of the Hawaiian culture.
Trader Vic's - Emeryville
Trader Vic's - Emeryville
Home of the original Mai Tai, Trader Vic’s offers tropical ambiance with island-style specialties and world famous tropical drinks.
Trader Vic’s Emeryville overlooks the beautiful Emeryville Marina with stunning views of the San Francisco Bay and spectacular sunsets.
Banquet facilities can accommodate up to 150 and full service catering is available.
Trader Vic’s is a Bay Area institution since 1934.

Trader Vic's
9 Anchor Dr.
Emeryville CA 94608


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Pulama is the vocal/guitar duo of Jim Romano and Paula Kauapalauki Rudman.

They sing and play the music of Hawai‘i in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Pulama's evocative blend of close, pure vocal harmonies and slack-key guitar has been described as "like velvet for my heart."

Jim and Paula perform their own arrangements of material including traditional and modern mele, hapa-haole songs and their own original compositions.



Kaleo Ching

Kaleo Ching - Artist, Healer, teacher

"Body, Mind and Spirit transform through the dance of T'ai Chi, Chi Gung and Creative Arts"


Ka Ehu Kai

Mele, music or song, is an integral part of the Hawaiian culture. For those who have lived or spent time in Hawai'i knows of the mana, power, of mele.  How it has provide the Hawaiians a powerful vehicle for their oral traditions. Allowing them to pass down their history and culture from generation to generation in a form that touches the hearts of the Hawaiians and Hawaiians at heart.  With this in mind, Ka Ehu Kai, has a mission to touch those hearts and souls through our mele.


Forbidden Island Tiki Lounge

Forbidden Island 1304 Lincoln Ave. Alameda CA 94501 (510) 749-0332 Located in the heart of Alameda’s historic Bay Station Shopping District, Forbidden Island features a wide array of classic and contemporary gourmet cocktails, served in an exotic & fun tropical atmosphere. Forbidden Island is a classic tiki bar interior evoking the legendary tiki lounges of the 1950s and ’60s, with bamboo huts, waterfalls, and much more.


Halau `o Keikiali`i

Halau ‘o Keikiali‘i 423 Baden Ave. South San Francisco, CA 94080 Halau 'o Keikiali'i is a traditional Hawaiian Cultural Group based in San Francisco. Since 1994, our goal has been to educate the general public by learning about the Hawaiian people, the traditional customs, values and protocols. Besides having regularly scheduled classes, we strive to help perpetuate the rich culture of the Hawaiian people through stage productions held for the general public throughout the year, including educational workshops, performances and other cultural events. Kumu Kawika Keikiali'ihiwahiwa Alfiche has been teaching hula and other aspects of Hawaiian culture since 1994 and has been a student of the Hawaiian culture all of his life. Kawika is the Kumu for Halau Hula (dance group), Halau 'o Keikiali'i, and Director for the Kaululehua Hawaiian Cultural Center. Kawika spends his life teaching and sharing his culture through the hula.


DaSilva Ukulele Co.

DaSilva Ukulele Co. in Berkeley, California is the workshop of Michael DaSilva where he makes high-quality , handcrafted ukuleles. You will also find the full-line of RISA Solid and Electric instruments and inexpensive beginner ukes. The shop is also host to house concerts, ukulele lessons and workshops, the occasional jam session and meetings of the Berkeley Ukulele Club. Check the Calendar for events. DaSilva Ukulele Co. also provides expert instrument repair, ukulele building classes and supplies. Just call or email if you have questions about these items.


Kumu Hula Association of Northern California


The place where slack-key and ukulele students, fans and enthusiasts congregate.


Classic Hawaiian Designs

Exquisite Hawaiian Heirloom Jewelry and Tahitian Pearls in 14kt and 18kt Gold, Silver and Platinum.


Hiva Nui ~ Na Pua O Ka Honua

Aloha, Hula Halau (Hula School) Hiva Nui and The Men and Women of Na Pua O Ka Honua is a community based Hawaiian and Tahitian Dance Company that has been in existence since 1995. Classes were also co-taught in San Francisco for a couple years before centralizing in Stockton and its vicinity. In the past 12 years, our Hula Classes have been enveloped by the diverse cultures here in Stockton and vicinity with approximately 98 students. We educate our haumana to further understand our mission and goals as a Hula Halau to perpetuate the Hawaiian Culture and Art of Hula. This is done in co-part with the guidance of our Kumu Hula, Blaine Kamalani Kia and Juni Kalahikiola Romuar of Ka Waikahe Lani Malie representing Oahu, Kaua’I, Chiba Japan, Sacramento, Antioch, Ca., and Montana. Kumu Blaine is also the founder of E Pili Kakou. We are extremely proud to be a part of Kumu and his legacy. We visually try to educate spiritual and cultural awareness, to be humble in every aspect and to be social and respectable with each other with respect to the Hawaiian and Polynesian Culture and sharing the Aloha Spirit. We try to create here on the mainland the way life is back in Hawaii. So that our haumana also understand the love of hula and to understand its spirituality, the kaona and protocol. We instill the lineage on what has been and continues to be taught to us with high regard and further educate the haumana on the impact they have for our city’s commerce and community involvement in the Hawaiian and Polynesian Cultural Arts.


San Francisco Bay Area Hawaiian Resources

Guide to local Hawaiian organizations, hula schools, musicians, businesses, and events.



PICA, the Pacific Islanders' Cultural Association was founded in 1995 in Northern California. It is comprised of interested volunteers whose mission is to develop and perpetuate through education, the histories, cultures, traditional and contemporary folk arts of Pacific Islanders.


Jim Romano, is a guitarist, singer, songwriter in the Hawaiian music duo Pulama.


Pulama is the vocal/guitar duo of Jim Romano and Paula Kauapalauki Rudman.  They have been singing and playing the music of Hawai'i in the San Francisco Bay Area since 2003.


Pulama's evocative blend of close, pure vocal harmonies and slack-key guitar has been described as "like velvet for my heart."


Jim and Paula present their own arrangements of traditional and modern Hawaiian mele, hapa-haole songs and original compositions, arranged with artistry and performed with aloha.


Be transported to the Islands by the beautiful melodies and lyrics of Hawaii with the music of Pulama.


Pulama Wedding Music Reviews at Wedding