HOTM is an award-winning dance troupe that originated from the national touring entertainment group, Desert Polynesia, based in San Antonio, TX. Founded in 2007 by Jacinta Napuaonaonaokahala San Nicolas Ma'ae, the group educates and perpetuates the Pacific Island cultures through songs & dances of Hawai'i, Tahiti, New Zealand, Samoa, and Guam. Growing in numbers with students, they come together from San Antonio, Killeen, and Austin with a shared passion and respect for the culture with eagerness to expand their mana'o. They are grateful to be able to spread their Aloha throughout Polynesia and the mainland.
Ra’atira Napua first started dancing as a young child. She danced with halau in California, Guam, and Texas. She first started the group in 2007 in Killeen, TX. Seeking more opportunity, she expanded the group to San Antonio with her sister Kalani, eventually to be born as Hiti O Te Mahana. This sister duet is privileged to work with some of Polynesian entertainment's finest, to include Keali'i Bush of Te Iriatai Ora, Mitch Asuncion of Te Vai Ura Nui, Tiana and Riki Liufau of Nonosina Polynesia, and Mahaelani Mika Hirao-Solem, the winner of Miss Aloha Hula 2010. The halau has taken workshops under the direction of Na Kumu Hula Keli'i Chang, Anne Blakenship, and Keali'i Ceballos.
In 2010, Na Kumu and Na Alaka’i were blessed with the opportunity to compete in Honolulu at the King Kamehameha Hula Competition under the direction of Kumu Keli'i Chang of Ka Pa Hula 'Umoumou to represent Texas. They both received their 'uniki by Kumu Keli'i, with their hula lineage including his parents, Elizabeth Moana'ala and Frank Chang Jr, George Holokai, and Keaka Kanahele. As part of his hula genealogy, it is their duty to carry on his mana and blessings and share the Polynesian culture with others.
Napua has recently trained with Angela Liava’a of Te Varua Ori and Moena Maiotui of Tahiti Ora. Today, she continues her training with masters of Polynesian dance in order to strengthen her skills and increase her knowledge. She opens up her teachings to anyone with the willingness to learn the Polynesian culture.
We are located on the 2nd floor inside
The Brazilian Capoeira
8005 West Avenue
Castle Hills, TX 78213
2-4 PM Polynesian Dance Class
7-9 PM Soloists/Fire Training