Laura Melelani Bergstrom has been actively studying dance since the age of 3. With a focus on the Hawaiian Hula, she formally studied the Polynesian dance arts for 17 years. Kumu hula during this time were Shiela Clark Dance School, Juanita Leilani Jaeger and Pua Case. Laura’s primary kumu hula, Juanita, was a student of Aunty Marge Lehualani Hunt, who was a student of Emma "Mama" Kahelelani Bishop and Mary Kawena Pukui. A life-long and enthusiastic learner of all things HULA, Laura has had the privilege of taking numerous workshops from some very big names in the world of hula: George Na`ope, Joseph Kahaulelio, Emma Sharpe, Leilani Mendez, John Ka`imikaua, Kaha`i Topolinski, Tiare Clifford, Palani Kahala, Leina`ala Heine, Pi`ilani Plemer, Newton Ka`anohi Hitchcock, Van Kaili Francisco, Kanani Brighter, Robert Cazimero, Manu Boyd, Victoria Holt Takamine, Leialoha Lim Amina, Ed Collier, Kanoe Miller, `Iwalani Kalima, Pohai Souza and Lani Girl Kaleiki-AhLo, Jeff Takamine, Snowbird Bento, among many others. In addition, Laura studied the Hawaiian language and culture under Pua Case for 3 years. Laura, AKA “Melelani” (meaning heavenly song), was a member of the Hui O Nā Kumu Hula, a Pacific Northwest based association of teachers of Hawaiian dance, from 1981 - 2005, and served as an officer on its board for 14 years.
Non-competitive hālau hula (school) serving Seattle's Eastside (Issaquah, Sammamish, Maple Valley, Bellevue, Redmond). Each Summer we celebrate with a Hō`ike performance. We also perform at various local community events, including cultural fairs, parties, and for residents of senior living facilities. Join us!