|Birth: ||May 28, 1925|
|Death: ||Jun. 19, 1984|
Buried with her mother.
Margaret Maiki Souza Aiu Lake, master of Hawaiian hula, was born Margaret Maiki Souza in Honolulu, Hawaii, daughter of Peter Charles Souza and Cecilia Pai'ohe Gilman Souza, with whom she shares a gravestone. Lake was raised in Palolo Valley, Honolulu, by maternal grandaunt Cecila Rose Mahoe and her husband John William Kealoha, whose children had died. Lake was hanai (Hawaiian traditional form of adoption) to them and thought of them as her grandparents. When they died, she returned to her biological mother. Later, she lived with another grandaunt, Helen Pamaieulu Ha'o Correa, who became her mentor in the hula.
Aunty Maiki studied and taught not only choreography, but the meaning, history and cultural context of each hula. At a time when ancient hula was not popularly taught, she sought out the remaining knowledge and dances, to pass them on to her students. Lokalia Montgomery was a master of ancient hula with whom Maiki studied. She graduated as 'olapa at the age of 18.
As a professional dancer, she entertained at Club Pago Pago, but also continued to study, learn dances and seek counsel of several hula masters of the time. She was able to reconcile the modern hula with the ancient, as she was able to find peace with ancient practices and her own Christianity.
She was a successful teacher and many of her graduates went on the become noted kumu hula. She coined the phrase "hula is life," the concept of "hula brothers and sisters,"
and the practice of keeping hula books: writing down motions, lyrics and notes on each hula. She was as innovative as she was traditional. Much is written about her, and a wealth of information can be found on her impressive influence on hula and Hawaiian culture.
On February 21, 1947, Maiki married Rodney P. Boniface Aiu, who went on to become Honolulu Fire Chief. They had five children and adopted two boys. Later, their marriage ended. She then married Kahauanu Lake, a noted singer, arranger and song-writer, with whom Maiki performed. Both of her daughters, Coline Aiu and Karen Aiu, continue her legacy of teaching hula.
Cecilia Pai'ohe Gilman (1905 - 1947)
Diamond Head Memorial Park
Created by: Marnie Weeks
Record added: Dec 18, 2010
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