Kaina Quenga - 92Y, New York

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Kaina Quenga, a native of Hilo, Hawaiʻi has been dancing hula professionally for over 20 years in Hawaiʻi, Florida, New York and throughout the east coast. Kaina Quenga performs widely as a freelance Polynesian dancer in the tri-state area at themed parties, community events, schools, and senior centers. Under the direction of Hiloʻs famed kumu hula, Johnny Lum Ho of Halau O Ka Ua Kani Lehua, Kaina received formal Polynesian dance training. Kaina went on to perform professionally with Tihati Productions on her native Big Island, and has twice traveled to Tahiti to study at the Conservatoire with Mamie Louise Kimetete and Vanina Ehu. Kaina is the Director of Nā ʻOiwi NYC, a New York City-based education and advocacy group dedicated to perpetuating Native Hawaiian culture, history, and voice. Kaina shares her culture and experience via education. Kaina has consistently worked with the students of Concourse House Day Care in the Bronx since 2003. There she teaches Hawaiian mele and hula to the children through the school’s well-established music and movement program. Since Summer of 2013, Kaina has served as Hula instructor for world-class cultural and community center 92nd Street Y in Upper East Side, New York. Kaina also teaches Hula in Park Slope dance and culture staple, Spoke the Hub, for the last seven years and hosted Ori Tahiti dance classes in NYC parks. Kaina’s classes provide beginners with fundamental elements of Hula and Ori Tahiti that honor cultural perspective as well as celebrate joyous expression of the dance. Kaina is one of the Co-Founder, Directors of Te Ao Mana. Te Ao Mana is an organization that is dedicated to the preservation and education of Tahitian culture and dance. Though New York based, Te Ao Mana’s mission is to create global awareness of the Tahitian culture through song, dance, and story. Te Ao Mana has made appearances at Hawaiian Airlines New York Outrigger Liberty Challenge, Battery Dance Festival, Dance, Parade, 92 Street Y Street Fair, and Indigenous People's Day Celebration.

This instructor is currently teaching the following classes:

Hula (Absolute Beginner)