Heali'i's Polynesian Revue is under the direction of Kumu Kathy Heali'i O Nalani Gore-Stanley and has been growing strong since 1967.
Together with her family, they perpetuate and share the love of Hawaii, Tahiti, Samoa, and New Zealand through island song and dance keeping traditions alive.
As a professional and competitive group, they have been blessed with numerous 1st place and overall awards from Polynesian dance and music competitions. Heali'i's Polynesian Revue has been featured around the world traveling throughout the West Coast, East Coast, Hawaii, Tahiti, and Japan. They have also had the honor of performing with many of Hawaii's music legends and American state symphonies.
Sharing their love of the Polynesian cultures, Heali'i's Polynesian Revue continues to teach and educate their students with historical emphasis and traditions. Their halau motto is based on their central focus and foundation of ohana (family). 'A 'ohe hana nui ke 'alu 'ia- No task is too great when done together by all.
Kumu Kathy Heali'i 'O Nalani Gore Stanley
Kathy Heali'i 'O Nalani Gore Stanley is the Kumu Hula of Heali'i's Polynesian Revue. She is blessed to be the protégé of Kumu Napua Hanaiali'i Woodd, Kumu Johnny Pi'ilani Watkins, Kumu Ma'iki Aiu Lake, Kumu Nona Beamer, and Tahiti's Elaine Frisbee. At the young age of four, she began her love of hula with Aunty Napua Hanaiali'i Wood, the woman that introduced hula to the motion pictures of Hollywood, who would later introduce her to Uncle Johnny Pi'ilani Watkins. With him, Kathy soon became his soloist and her professional career with the world of Polynesian dancing came into full swing. Diving back into olapa and the deep Hawaiian traditions, Aunty Ma'iki Aiu then brought Kathy into the world of kahiko where she became the youngest performer to dance and chant simultaneously. During this time, Elaine Frisbee kept Kathy strong with her Tahitian foundation. Kathy Heali'i O Nalani was soon blessed to study under the loving Aunty Nona with whom she later did her "Uniki." During the ever fruitful time of Polynesian dancing, Kathy was equally honored with the opportunity of being Hawai'i's child ambassador.
As the child star of Hawai'i, she toured the U.S. with Hawaiian legends such as Ed Kenney, Marlene Sai,and Genoa Keawe. She was also a regular on the Lucky Luck's Show, the Reef Hotel's Polynesian Water Ballet Show, and at the Hilton Hawaiian Village. Kathy also had the privilege of being selected to dance for the Kennedy and Reagan families, as well as New York's "Paradise Island" production. It was here that she had the honor of performing with the world renowned Guy Lombardo, Arthur Treacher, Moe Keale, Elaine Malbin, and Honey Sanders. With her father in the US Navy, Kathy Heali'I' O Nalani Gore was relocated with her family to San Diego. It was here that her and her family began the group Heali'i O Nalani and her Hula Maidens in 1967 which would later become Heali'i's Polynesian Revue/ Halau O Healil'i.
Alaka'i Edieann Heali'i 'O Nalani Stanley
Edieann Heali'i O Nalani Stanley is the Alaka'i and Artistic Director of Heali'i's Polynesian Revue. She is a former Miss Pacific Islander 2005 and Miss Hui O Hawai'i 2001 and 2002, representing the Hawaiian community. Edie Heali'i graduated from San Diego State University in 2006 with a bachelor's degree in Communication Studies and a minor in Business Administration.
In 2008, she was chosen as one of twelve women in the world to compete for the title of Miss Aloha Hula at the Merrie Monarch Competition. Shortly after, Amy Hanaiali'i Gilliom, Hawai'i's top female vocalist, selected Edie Heali'i to be her solo dancer during her concert tour of Japan, the opening of the University of Hawai'i football game in Las Vegas, as well as in Tennessee with the Nashville Symphony. Since then, Edie Heali'i continues to tour Japan, Canada, the East and West Coast of the U.S. with Amy Hanaiali'i and HAPA.
Edie Heali'i as also had the privilege of performing as a soloist since the age of 14. She has been featured in the documentary of Kim Taylor Reece and has danced for many of Hawai'i's music legends such as HAPA, Amy Hanaiali'i Gilliom, Kapena, Makaha Sons, Aunty Genoa Keawe, Rev. Dennis Kamakahi & Son, Cyril Pahinui, Herb Ota & Son, Ernie Cruz Jr., Darleen Ahuna, Aaron Sala, Na Palapalai, Nathan Aweau, Lorna and Sonny Lim, Teresa Bright, Ahumanu, Kawika Kahaiapo, Daniel Ho, Tia Carrera, and Justin Young.
In addition to her hula achievements, she has received numerous overall and 1st place awards in Tahitian dance competitions with her most recent as the overall vahine dancer at the Heiva i Las Vegas.
Edie Heali'i, an advocate for the youth of the Polynesian community, continues to share her love and passion for enrichment through cultural perpetuation, motivational speaking, team building events, youth empowerment workshops, and educational development. As her family has taught her the values of love, respect, humbleness and compassion, Edie Heali'i is dedicating her life to in turn sharing these values with all.