Mark Keali`i Ho`omalu was born and raised in Aiea, O`ahu. At the age of 15, he started his hula career with kumu hula John Pi`ilani Watkins doing various lu`au and Polynesian shows around O`ahu.
In 1976 he joined a new halau, Waimapuna, under the direction of na kumu hula Darrell `Ihi`ihilauakea Lupenui, Thaddius Wilson, O'Brian Eselu
John Ka`imikaua. This halau became the foundation for Mark's hula education as an `olapa and chanter.
Ho`omalu moved to California in 1979 to teach hula with Tiare Clifford of Tiare Otea in San Francisco. After refining much of his teaching technique under Clifford's direction, he was introduced to Bea and Herb Hew Len.
In 1988 they turned over the directorship of their halau,
Na Mele Hula `Ohana to Ho`omalu.
Na Mele Hula `Ohana set high standards in hula competitions
along the West Coast and in Hawai`i. They were invited to the prestigious
Merrie Monarch Festival in 1997, where their men placed fourth in the hula kahiko competition. They returned to the Merrie Monarch each year through 2000.
Sadly, Ho`omalu disbanded the halauin early 2002. He continues to teach seminars throughout country.
In June of 2002, Disney Studios released their animated feature film,
Lilo & Stitch, which prominently featured two songs written by Ho`omalu especially for the film. He performs them on the soundtrack album with the help of The Kamehameha Schools Children's Chorus.