About Kumu Rona
Rona Pualanina`auali`ioha Koe became a kumu hula (hula teacher) through her kumu hula, Sylvia Puananiha`aheo Edgar of Hula Hālau O Puananiha`aheo in Ventura by way of `ūniki (formal graduation ceremony). She `ūniki’d beside three hula sisters, Puanani “Nani” Makanalanioha Grace Edgar, Queena Kananipuamaeʻoleoha Morris Coursen, and Luana Nāpuaokamokihanaoha Rivera Palacio on December 11, 2004, and all were entrusted with the kuleana of carrying on this legacy.
About Kumu Sylvia
Kumu Sylvia Puananiha`aheo Edgar’s hula legacy first descends from a Hawaiian man named Kahu Haina “Hienie” Kalehualaha`ole Blaisdell, (B. Moloka`i, Hawai`i 6/13/10, D. Oxnard, California 8/17/84). She fondly refers to him as “Tūtū.” She entered the world of being a kumu hula after studying under Tūtū Blaisdell and undergoing an `ūniki ceremony in September 1976.
She also studied hula under Kumu Hula Lehua Kawaikapuokalani Hewett (June 2006 to April 2008) in his `
Ūniki Program in `Ōla`a, Hawai`i. Kumu Sylvia had `ūniki as an `olapa in February 2007 and `ūniki as ho`opa`a, along with receiving the title of Kumu Hula, under Lehua Kawaikapuokalani in April 2008.