Presenting Denver would like to shine a community spotlight on Pumehana Paisner and HALAU HULA O NA MAUNA KOMOHANA Hula School of the Western Mountains!
Artist/Owner: Pumehana Paisner
Organization: HALAU HULA O NA MAUNA KOMOHANA Hula School of the Western Mountains
Education: Master of Arts in Dance Ethnology
Presenting Denver: Do you split your time between dance/the arts and another vocation?
Pumehana Paisner: Yes.
PD: What is the best part of your day?
PP: Teaching and performing Hawaiian hula.
PD: How can dance be more inclusive and why is access for all important?
PP: There needs to be more access to ethnic dance, such as Hawaiian hula.
PD: Who has been a mentor to you in your career? What is the best piece of advice he or she gave you?
PP: Nona Beamer, “Always dance from your heart, not just your body.”
PD: When the aging dancer body can’t train anymore, what is the next step in continuing to learn?
PP: Keep taking lessons, or teaching, and just lessen the extent of one’s movement.
PD: What about this art form drives you?
PP: It’s my whole life, to move to music. It’s inspirational.