Alika Desha was born and raised in Hilo Hawaii and presently lives in Kona on Hawaii Island. Upon graduating from Kamehameha Schools on Oahu and completing his military service, Alika joined the Honolulu Police Department in 1970. Alika retired from the Honolulu Police Department in 1999 and returned to his island of birth building a home where he currently resides with his wife Judy of 47 years.
It was during his police career that he was introduced to feather work by his mother who taught him the art of Hakupapa (feather hat bands). It was a special time of his life to be given the opportunity to learn this art along with assisting his mother in the making of a family ahuula (feathered cape) before she passed away. In his desire to gain more knowledge of his culture, Alika became a member of the Royal Order of Kamehameha I where he presently holds the position of Kalaimoku & Chancellor of the Order. It was during this journey that he was introduced to another member of the Order, Ali’i Aimoku Shad Kane who is an accomplished practitioner in the art of Kahili making. Many of Alii Kane’s Kahili are on display in the Iolani Palace’s throne room.
Kumu Hula Lisa Chang frequently collects and prepares the Ni'ihau shells by hand. She teaches how to make earrings, bracelets, pendants and chokers with the precious shells.
Kumu Hula Lisa Chang puts a creative spin on teaching the community how to make Haku Leis from local flowers.
Learn how to cook local main dishes and sweet treats from Hawai'i.