Ma'iki Aiu Lake

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Margaret Maiki Souza Aiu Lake
Born(1925-05-28)28 May 1925
Died20 June 1984(1984-06-20) (aged 59)
OccupationHula dancer
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]

Many of her pupils became teachers themselves, and she has been called the "most important hula teacher of the 20th century".[3] Her students included Leina'ala Kalama Heine and Robert Cazimero of The Brothers Cazimero.[4]


  1. ^ Carnes, Mark C., ed. (12 May 2005). American National Biography: Supplement 2. Oxford University Press, USA. pp. 330–331. ISBN 978-0-19-522202-9.
  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 Hawai'i at Mānoa. Retrieved 31 March 2015.
  3. ^ "The Honolulu 100 - Maiki Aiu Lake to Kimo McVay". Honolulu. 1 November 2005. Retrieved 31 March 2015.
  4. ^ Wu, Nina (22 September 2015). "Kumu hula Leina'ala Kalama Heine dies". Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Archived from the original on 26 September 2015. Retrieved 29 September 2015.