Ma'iki Aiu Lake

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Margaret Maiki Souza Aiu Lake
Born 28 May 1925
Died 20 June 1984
Spouse(s) Kahauanu Lake

Margaret Maiki Souza Aiu Lake (28 May 1925 – 20 June 1984) was a hula dancer, kumu hula, and influential figure in the second Hawaiian Renaissance.[1][2] She trained with the hula master Lōkālia Montgomery, graduated as an ʻōlapa (dancer) in 1946, and opened her first school, Margaret Aiu's Hula Studio, soon thereafter. She was the first person in the 20th century to be allowed to term her school a hālau, and in 1952 opened Hālau Hula O Maiki. She brought several innovations to her teaching, accepting interested students regardless of background and emphasizing related traditional arts in addition to hula. In 1972, she was the first to publicly advertise a class for kumu hula.[2] She raised a great number of pupils who went on to become the next generation of teachers themselves, and has been called the "most important hula teacher of the 20th century".[3]


  1. ^ "Lake, Margaret Maiki Souza Aiu". American National Biography. Oxford University Press. 
  2. ^ a b Puakea Nogelmeier. "Maiki Aiu Lake: Kumu Hula and Preserver of Hawaiian Culture" (PDF). Biography Hawaiʻi: Five Lives: A Series of Public Remembrances. Center for Biographical Research of the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. Retrieved 31 March 2015. 
  3. ^ "The Honolulu 100 - Maiki Aiu Lake to Kimo McVay". Honolulu. November 1, 2005. Retrieved 31 March 2015.