Lōkahi. Kōkua. Ho'omau. Ohana. 'Imi Ola.
Nō te here o Pōrīnetia.
The haumāna of 'Ike Roa focus on studying, learning, and practicing the arts of Hawaiian hula and ori Tahiti. We learn about the culture and dance in person from well known, highly respected experts in Hawaiian and Tahitian arts and culture. We respect and celebrate the traditions and spirit of Polynesia as we perpetuate culture through education, classes, and performance in the Louisville, KY area. Importance of the Hula Kahiko is emphasized, as it is a strong part of the heritage. Many chants reveal origins, values, events, and legends regarding influential figures and leaders throughout Hawai'i's history.
Presenting a space, community, and educational source for local haumāna to maintain a cultural connection is the ultimate driving force of 'Ike Roa's efforts. With the blessing and support from Auntie Francesca, the studio thrives and shares true aloha to our area. Our dedication to sharing the Aloha Spirit to the Louisville area thrives through instructor and student research, training, and practice to ensure proper execution. We welcome men and women of all ages and experience levels to become a part of our ohana. We are all hula sisters and brothers with a similar passion, and we are always excited to welcome and embrace our new members as we celebrate a shared love of culture, ohana, dance, and self-improvement!
Established in Louisville KY in 2013.
Our efforts are on-going and ever-improving from the resources we are able to access to enhance our purpose. The wahine and kāne listed below deeply understand the importance and work extremely hard to make this effort a possibility in this area. They make immense sacrifice to keep these efforts going and growing no matter what as they value, respect, and are humbled by the sacredness and mana of the 'ike they gain and share through hula.
The ongoing quest for knowledge and wisdom. Our journey and purpose consists of seeking complete learning and new discovery. Life-long learning, the seeking of more knowledge, and sharing mana and 'ike is our sincere, deep passion.
Founder & Director
Marie was born in Wahiawa, Hawai'i and raised in Louisville, Kentucky. She prefers to be looked at and referred to as a "sharer of knowledge" versus teacher and considers herself a student of hula and ori. In addition to studying hula, she earned her doctorate degree in 2017 in mechanical engineering with a research focus in minimally invasive surgical device adverse event analysis. In 2015, she founded a phytocannabinoid CO2 extraction laboratory immersed in research and product development. Marie is deeply passionate about extracting plant-based medicine and develops CBD products from scratch under her own line, Kōkua, for the benefit and wellness of the community. Marie is honored to have been given the blessing and encouragement to pass on 'ike, and she is driven to continue fulfilling this kuleana. She encourages the intellectual, physical, and spiritual growth of all her hula sisters and brothers.
Instructor & Studio Manager
Meghan originally began looking for hula lessons to learn a wedding hula to honor her Hawaiian family heritage. Now that she has joined the studio and has become a dedicated student, she has made a deeper connection with her own culture than she ever thought possible. Meghan loves learning the dances and has a growing passion to share both the moves and the meaning of hula. She has her Master’s in social work, serves as a victim advocate in criminal court, and works with victims and their families who have been affected by a crime. When crime victims comes to court, they can often be in crisis and confused about how the system works. As an advocate, she works to manage crises, create safety plans, provide referrals to community resources, and ensure their voices are heard through the court process.
Chris is from Oahu, Hawaii, but being a military brat brought him to Kentucky in1998. Growing up in Hawaii, he learned the dancing styles of Hula and Siva Samoa with his family. His daughter dances with the Keiki class and seeing her
dance brought back so many memories for him that he decided to become an instructor for the men’s class.
Chris currently works for Talaris Therapeutics as a Equipment Manager. Chris and his wife, RaShawn, have three children: DeMarcus, A’rayah, and CJ. Chris remains very dedicated in preserving, learning, and teaching the Polynesian culture
Laarni first got a taste of hula as a teenager when she studied in a halau in California. Thrilled to find a hula school in Louisville, she knew she had to ignite her love of hula again and share it with her oldest daughter who also expressed interest in learning. Born and raised in San Francisco, she has called Louisville home since 2008. She is a wife to Doug, and mother to two girls, Leila, and Lexie. She is a registered nurse and has a Master of Science in Nursing and is board-certified in Nursing Informatics. Laarni is dedicated to learning and preserving the arts of Hawaiian Hula and Ori Tahiti.
Studio Manager & Schedule Coordinator
Lavina began her hula journey as a keiki growing up in Hawaii. After high school she earned the opportunity of a lifetime and was asked to join an international hula troupe. As a hula and ori dancer, Lavina traveled the world sharing the aloha spirit, dance and culture of Hawaii.
Lavina teaches at the University of Louisville School of Dentistry and has a Master's Degree in Public Health. Being a island girl, her favorite time spent is at the beach with her husband Joey, son Nathan and their lovable dog Willie. Dancing hula keeps Lavina and her family connected to the islands.