Tracie Ka‘ōnohilani Farias was raised in Kaimukī surrounded by the music of her mom, Karen Keawehawai‘i. She now resides in Pū‘ahu‘ula with her husband Dr. Keawe Lopes and three daughters Pi‘ikea, Ka‘ōnohi and Hāweo. A 1989 Kamehameha graduate, she holds a BA and MA from UH Mānoa. She is an accomplished dancer blessed to have been awarded the titles of Miss Hula Pākahi, Miss E Ho‘i Mai I Ka Piko Hula, and in 1994, Miss Aloha Hula at the Merrie Monarch Festival. She also received 1st place chant awards at the Kamehameha Day Competition. In 2005, Tracie and Keawe founded their hālau, Ka Lā ‘Ōnohi Mai O Ha‘eha‘e, continuing the traditions of kumu O’Brian Eselu, Thaddius Wilson, Kimo Alama Keaulana, Johnette Keawehawai‘i, Mapuana Yasue and Flo Koanui. Tracie is happy to be back in Mānoa to share her love for hula as the kumu of the THEA/DNCE 433 course.
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