December 13th, 2012

Wailana & Wai Company move to Honolulu

Wailana returns to O'ahu after many years on the Big Island and he is excited to join Honolulu's dance community by offering classes in Modern and Aerial Dance.  Wailana will be teaching at Boca Studio for Samadhi Hawaii beginning January 18 til March 15, every Friday.  Check out CLASSES above for more details….Modern Dance classes will soon be announced. 

Also, Wai Company will be holding auditions in Spring 13 for dancers, musicians, and actors for a special performance in Winter 13, so stay tuned!

This is image was taken after the performance for V-CON in Bogor, Indonesia with Samadhi in September 2012.  It was during my solo travels on the island of Bali where I met new friends and we did an impromptu shoot (more images later).  I had the chance to also teach a dance class while I was there. 

August 11th, 2012

Wailana & SAMADHI go to Indonesia to perform

Samadhi Hawaii has invited me to tag along with them to Indonesia! We have been asked to perform 3 aerial dances as part of this huge convention named V-INDONESIA in Bogor, near Jakarta. V-INDONESIA is one of the largest conventions out of Asia and the Middle-East.  It is an annual event that travels to different host cities and  where businesses can connect, learn from each other, and promote each other's work. It is a large-scale networking system for both established and up-and-coming businesses out of Asia and the Middle-East.

We plan on entertaining these people with a group aerial tissue number, a lyra duet with Andrea and I, and myself in a solo strap number- that has not been choreographed or costumed yet…oops!

We are with V-Indonesia from Sept 1-10, 2012. Afterwards I will be free to explore Bali and Ubud for two weeks. Then I spend a week in the Philippines with my family there.  I have not been to the Philippines in 13 years.  I was there last as a dancer for Pearl Ubungen Dancers and Musicians when Pearl brought me there from San Francisco for the McKnight Fellowship she was awarded.  We worked with national Filipino composer Joey Ayala – a truly remarkable experience.

Here's to more fantastic experiences to come!  Mahalo at maraming salamat po!

April 26th, 2012

Wailana choreographs for Nicki Minaj’s Starships video

This particular image was shot at Halona Cove, but when I used to frequent this cove in High School, we called it Cockroach Cove. It is right before Sandy's Beach in O'ahu. Also, it is where the black and white classic film, "From here to Eternity" was shot.  You know the famous kissing-on-the-beach sequence with the lovers entwined and water washes beautifully around them, well, that's the beach.  The other place we shot was at Kualoa Ranch, north-east side of O'ahu – another gorgeous location. Working on the video was quite an experience; long days, Hollywood vibe, lotsa cool and beautiful people.  I choreographed everything except the incredible HAKA BOYS.  They had their own moves down – in fact, they stole the show.  I am blessed and honored.  I love Nicki Minaj and I was very thrilled to have been part of her booty – movement!  Keep doing what you do Nicki because we all love you for it!

January 31st, 2012

Wai Co. and AirAligned presents…Hawai’i Aerial Arts Retreat 2012

Tresa Honaker and Joseph Simms of AirAligned from Grass Valley, CA are joining Wai Co. to host the Hawaii Aerial Arts Retreat this April 5 -11 at Kalani, Puna, Hawai'i.  It will be 5 days of instruction in high flying aerial silk, trapeze and hoop, aerial & modern dance, and performance.  

All levels welcome, 16-adult.

$1,350 includes shuttle to and from airport, 6 nights lodging and 3 amazing meals a day

$600 for Kama`āina

For more details and information look up: and

To register, email Omkar at

Check out our poster:

Hawaii 2012 V5

See you there!  Mahalo nui loa!

January 10th, 2012

Wailana teaches at the University of Hawaii in Hilo

Every Tuesdays starting JAN 17 – MAR 20
UHH Old Gym 5:45 pm – 7:15 pm
$110 for 10 weeks
Live Music by David Sause

To register please click on this link:

August 24th, 2011

Wai Company performs in Samadhi LIVE concert


Wai Company will premiere a brand new Aerial Strap performance entitled, Papa a Wakea.  Featuring original and live music by mea oli (chanter) Ka'enaaloha Hopkins and musician David Sierra.

The piece will explore the creation myth of Mother Earth and Father Sky, Papa a Wakea.

CUPOLA THEATER, Honolulu Design Center, 1260 Kapiolani Blvd

Friday September 16th, 8PM
Saturday September 17th, 8PM

$35 pre-sale, $40 at the door

Mahalo and see you there!

July 24th, 2011

KPAF 2 a success!

Aloha mai kakou!   E ALA E!

KPAF 2 was a true success.  We had 15 people registered with 10 facilitators total!  And to boot…just 10 days out before the start of the festival, I received a letter from the Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts (HSFCA) awarding KPAF 2 a grant for $9,333.00!!!!

Needless to say, we all were very and still EXCITED about the support and recognition from the State of Hawaii for our efforts.

Mahalo to all the participants, faculty, and community members of Puna for their incredible support.  And a great big MAHALO to Kalani Honua for hosting this very special event in their beautiful EMAX.

Stay tuned for KPAF 3!

June 26th, 2011

The 2nd annual Kalani Performing Arts Festival (KPAF2) July 9-16

Aloha mai kākou a pau! 

This year, we are happy to announce that Kaʽenaaloha Aoe Hopkins of Hālau I Ka Wekiu is to be our Hula teacher.  Kaʽena, born into a lineage of Hula masters, has been dancing hula since she could remember and is now expected to ‘uniki (graduate) from her family's hālau (school) within the next 2 years. We know great things will only come from this young kanaka maoli woman whose life revolves around the world of Hula.  

Also this year, we have Jackie Pualani Johnson, Director of Performing Arts at the University of Hawaii at Hilo, as our Acting Teacher.  We are very please and honored to have such a distinguished person as part of our KPAF2 faculty.  Just know that we are going to create something very exciting with her and not to mention all the many things we will learn and be inspired from this tour de force of a woman! Mahalo 'Anake!

Blue Star Octave will be composing and co-creating original music with KPAF 2 participants.  Blue Star Octave is a local Puna band that met through Wai Co.'s company classes and rehearsals.  They have become fast friends and now bandmates who are excited to take on this endeavor. Sherri Thal, an accomplished singer, voice teacher, and composer will also be with us to help tune in our voices.  Sherri has been teaching in our community for many years and is also involved in the Kaua'i Music Festival also happening this July.

Ana Prada will be joining Andrea Torres (Samadhi Hawaii)  as they co-teach in the aerial portion of the program.  Ana hails from Montreal and is a seasoned aerialist for her own solo works and for aerial dance companies including Cirque Du Soleil.  We are very happy to have her!

Please go to for KPAF 2 teacher bios and pics, schedule of classes, performance dates, tuition fees, and dates.


To register call Kalani at 808 965 7828


or email Wailana at

May 15th, 2011

Wai Company in Honolulu, teaching & performing

Wai Co. will be at Samadhi Hawaii's studio, BOCA, teaching Aerial Dance & Choreography "Bridging Earth & Sky", Saturday May 20 7-9pm, $40.  And subsequently performing again in the annual Samadhi fundraiser on Monday May 30, 8pm, ARTZONE.  Please come and check us out.  It will be our first O'ahu performance!

April 7th, 2011

Wai Company welcomes Air Aligned from California

Come one come all!  This special workshop is coming all the way to PUNA! Wai Company are grateful to present and host our new friend Tresa Honaker, Director and Founder of Air Aligned from Grass Valley, CA.  They will be here May 8-13 and will be teaching 5 days full of Aerial, Aerial Doubles, Aerial Pilates, and Choreography!

I met Tresa when she was here as a guest at Kalani a few months ago.  After meeting and sharing some aerial silk work with her, it was clear that she needed to come back and bring her aerial dance company and do a workshop.  Tresa is  a pro!  She has mad skills and to boot–she is very sweet and very cool!  

Whether you are a beginner or a professional, you will benefit from Tresa and AirAligned's aerial knowledge, skill, and artistry! Feel free to email Tresa at or me at for more details!