When I perform... Lauren 'Awapuhi

My middle name is 'Awapuhi and it means ginger flower in Hawaiian. It was my great grandma's favorite flower. I dance with Nā Leo Kūpono Productions, a professional Polynesian entertainment company. We perform dances from the islands of Hawai'i, Tahiti, Tonga, Samoa and New Zealand.

My ethnicities are Hawaiian, Caucasian, Portuguese, African, Spanish, Filipino. I've been dancing hula for 22 years and 8 years for everything else. When I perform, I feel proud and blessed to be able to bring our culture to the mainland with us so everyone can enjoy as much as I do. I've gained a greater appreciation for it, being away from home (Hawai'i). I want to be able to keep the tradition going, how our ancestors would want us to do it.

"When I dance, the more I appreciate the time and effort it takes to be able to do it the right way." ~ Lauren 'Awapuhi
artist-Lauren

Learn more about Nā Leo Kūpono Productions, a professional Polynesian entertainment company. Performing dances from the islands of Hawai'i, Tahiti, Tonga, Samoa and New Zealand.

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