padMark Keali`i Ho`omalu

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 , and 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.

Click to enlarge"Call It What You Like..." CD (2003)pad"This is not the only way to chant, nor the only way to chant. It is an alternative way of chanting/singing that I explore, develop and choose to do. I love to listen to the old chant styles, which are more instinctive and familiar to my ears. Yet, in my attempts to fabricate the same, it takes on a life of its own. The best way I've found to explain the complicacies of my music is to Call It What You Like...."
(Mark Keali`i Ho`omalu)


  • Keali`i Milimili
  • Halepi`owai
  • Kawika/Holo Ana O Kalakaua
  • Ka Pua Hau O Maleka
  • Wai`oli
  • Ka Wohi Ku I Ka Moku
  • `Onipa`a Ka Pua O Ka Hala
  • He Inoa No Lili`uokalani
  • Ke Aloha I Ka Pu`uwai/He `Ili `Ula Au A He Hawai`i
  • Ku Ka `Oli`oli I Na Moku
  • Ku`e Hao O Ka Lanakila
  • Ho`omaka I Ka Lani

Click to enlarge"Po`okela Chants" CD (1999)pad"Inventive yet familiar; peculiar yet intriguing; dignified yet unrestrained; bizarre to the senses, yet intense to the soul. Mark Keali`i Ho`omalu...has caught the islands by storm with his bold and unique treatment of Hawaiian literary performance....While the majority of selections feature vocals and ipu accompaniment, some have been enhanced with strings and guitar work. Cultural themes range from the divine splendor of Keaomelemele, goddess of the clouds, to tributes to Hawai`i's seventh sovereign in 'Holo Ana `O Kalakaua' and 'Kalakaua He Inoa.'" (Kumu Hula Manu Boyd )


  • Ke Ha`a La Puna I Ka Makani/Ke Ha`a La Puna I Ke Ahi `Ena`ena
  • Na Hana Nui A Maui
  • Keaomelemele
  • Ka Huaka`i Pele
  • Ke Kaua A Kukauakahi
  • He Mele No Ka`uhinilele
  • Kawika
  • He Mele Inoa O Kalakaua
  • Holo Ana O Kalakaua
  • He`eia
  • Aia `O Kalani I Maleka
  • Ki`ina `Ia Aku Na Pae Moku