Blaine Kamalani Kia

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Blaine Kamalani Kia

CURRENT CREDENTIALS (quick reference)

  • Aloha Festivals: Board Member / Protocol Committee – Co Chair
  • Kauai Historical Society: Board Member / Co Chair – Annual Royal Paina
  • Queen Lili’uokalani Childrens’ Center (Kauai): Cultural Advisor / Mentor – Special Programs
  • Outrigger Hotels, Inc. (Outrigger Reef): Cultural Advisor & Programs
  • Waikiki Beach Walk Cultural Advisor & Entertainment Director
  • Bishop Museum: Cultural Advisor / Show Producer/Programs
  • Bishop Museum: Hula Advisory Board Member
  • Ka Laua’e Foundation: President / Founder – Advisory/Programs
  • Halau Organizations (12): President / Kumu Hula / Founder
  • KIA Enterprises: Sole Proprietor – Hawaiian Entertainment
  • Princess Kaiulani Film Cultural Advisor/Music Consultant/Actor
  • Edgy Lee Film Works Co-Producer on Hawaiian Programs

Blaine Kamalani Kia was born on July 31, 1963, in Honolulu, Hawaii. The youngest of nine children, Kia studied Music Theory and Business at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Since then, Mr. Kia has passionately dedicated his life to perpetuating Hawaiian traditions. A cultural icon recognized throughout the islands for his expertise, Mr. Kia is a devoted husband and father of three, an accomplished Kumu Hula (hula teacher), a cultural director and consultant, and a talented musician and actor.

Mr. Kia attended the Leeward Community College majoring in music theory and a minor in business for several years and went on to the University of Hawaii Manoa for two more years pursuing his ambitions in music, business, and the Hawaiian culture and the arts. As a multi-task, multi-talented individual, Mr. Kia was destined to be in demand for his God given talents at a very young age.

Currently, Kia is a Kumu Hula for “The Ladies of Halau Ka-waikahe-lani-malie” and “The Men of Halau Ka-hulali-wai,” which have hula schools based on Oahu, Kauai, Northern California, Utah, Montana, Tahiti, and Japan. Blaine’s hula lineage began in 1979. He started dancing hula at the age of 5, while attending Ka’iulani Elementary School, and began the discovery and exploration of his hidden talents in high school at McKinley. He began his own hula school in 1987, and redefined his teachings and foundation in 1997.

Mr. Kia happily married in 1997 to wife, Kaleonani Kia (Chun) in 1997 and now they have two daughters, Lei’opualani, age 9, and Mahiehielehua, age 7, and a son, Kikau, the youngest at 2 years old. Because of his beloved wife and children, Blaine Kia has been able to broaden his values, ethics, and way of life through his many experiences in all facets of his life.

Mr. Kia has worked in the entertainment industry for over 25 years and owns and operates KIA Enterprises, a Hawaiian entertainment and cultural consultant company. He is also the founder and president of the Ka Laua’e Foundation (A non-profit organization with a sound mission to promote preservation, conservation, and perpetuation of the “hula”). He once worked as a road manager and booking agent for Henry Kapono Enterprises and C&K for three years. Worked at KCCN Hawaiian radio for 3 years. He is a cultural consultant and entertainment advisor for the Outrigger Hotels, the Bishop Museum, the Queen Lili’uokalani Childrens Center (Kaua’i Base), companies such as World FM Network, Keep It Hawaii, the Aloha Festivals BOD, the Kaua’i Historical Society BOD, are a few to mention in Mr. Kia’s wide range of experiences, associations and growths.

He has held a successful acting career for the past 23 years starring in such films and television series as “Aloha Summer,” “Behold Hawaii,” “Jake and the Fatman,” “Island Son.” “Marker,” and “Magnum P.I.” as well as over 30 local and 15 national commercials. He has been an active member of the Screen Actors Guild and Kathy Muller Talent Agency for 25 years. Kia is currently working on the Princess Kaiulani Film as an actor, advisory, and music consultant and musician.

Mr. Kia’s musical talents have produced five CD releases between 1997 and 2008. His Hawaiian band La‘akea won first place in the Ka Himeni Ana Annual Acoustic Music Competition for two consecutive years in 1993 and 1994. Mr. Kia is an avid song writer, producer, director of Hawaiian and contemporary genres. His current band is called “Ke-kani-wai” representing pure Hawaiian music and Island blends. Kia’s current CD release, “MOEA,” has been in the top 10 releases for ’08 and becoming a house-hold name.

Kia began his professional musical career back in 1984 at the Kahala Hilton Hotel and soon started building a reputation as one of the most sought out solo vocal/guitarists in Waikiki. During the 1980s Kia performed for President George Bush, Prince Charles and Princess Diana. In 1990s he performed his beloved art of hula for President Clinton and also the Emperor of Japan. He has worked with such talented Hawaii musicians as Cecilio & Kapono, Robi Kahakalau, Ka‘au Crater Boys, Makaha Sons, IZ, Hapa, Michael McDonald, Crystal Gail, Third World, Tower of Power and more. Kia worked with Kika Inc. as a top billing performer locally for Hawaii conventions and events for 15 years.

Some of Mr. Kia’s other professional affiliations include various specialist and directing positions for the annual Hula Bowl, Keep It Hawaii, Aloha Festivals, Queen Liliuokalani Children’s Center and Very Special Arts Hawaii. He is a cultural director for the Queen Liliuokalani Children’s Center where he organizes special youth programs on the island of Kauai. He is also the founder of E Pili Kakou I Ho‘okahi Lahui, an annual hula retreat held on the island of Kauai in its tenth successful year. Truly one of Hawaii’s ambassadors, Kia has worked for the Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau representing Hawaii in various overseas conventions for 25 years.

He has won awards for his accomplishments in several recognized hula competitions including the Mokihana Festival, the Merrie Monarch Festival and the King Kamehameha Hula Competition. Mr. Kia has supported the Aloha Festivals for over 20 years and recently received the honorable Kahili award for perpetuating the native songs and dances of Hawaii in the Aloha Friday show at the Outrigger Reef on the Beach, Waikiki. He also served as the halftime pageantry director for the KODAK Hula Bowl from 1990-1995, receiving an award each of the five years for his carefully orchestrated Polynesian segment compilations. Kia has recently received a Keep It Hawaii award for producing a CD compellation for the Waikiki Beach Walk.

Mr. Kia has been active as a Hawaiian cultural consultant for the last 15 years with credentials that allow him to perform Hawaiian customs and protocols, workshops to engage in spiritual wellness and health, Hawaiian ceremonies and composing music and chants. Mr. Kia also produces and directs pure Hawaiian shows and specialized workshops in Hawaiian subject matters to help clients achieve the ultimate goal of Hawaiian experiences and cultural arts.

Currently Mr. Kia is the cultural advisor for the Outrigger Reef, Kauai Historical Society, the Bishop Museum’s department of programs and events and the Hula Advisory Board, Waikiki Beach Walk, the Aloha Festivals, the Queen Lili’uokalani Children’s Center (Kauai Base), and a diverse clientele adding to his array of credentials that produce unprecedented results.

ESTBLISHMENTS

  • KIA Enterprises    Entertainment Company / dba & President
    Hawaiian Entertainment
    Producing/Directing
    Cultural Advisor/Consultant
    Hawaiian Shows & Programs
    Song Writer
    Kumu Hula
  • HULA LINEAGE:  Cultural Practices & Hula Foundation
    The Late Darrell ‘Ihi’ihilauakea Lupenui The Men of Waimapuna – 1980 to 1987
    The Late John Kaimikaua Halau Kukunaokala – 1988 to 2006
    Frank Kawaikapuokalani Hewett 1989 to Present
  • The Ka Laua’e Foundation    President and Founder
    E Pili Kakou I Ho’okahi Lahui: Largest Non-Competitive Hula Retreat
    Kaua’i, Hawaii - 11th Year Celebration
    Sacramento, CA. - 4th Annual (Northern California)
    Chiba, Japan - 5th Annual
    Southern California - Pending for 09
    Marqueses Islands/Tahiti- 2007 - Dec 8th to 23rd, 2007
    Canada - 2nd Annual
    Tahiti - 2nd Annual
       
    Specialized Areas:
    Hawaiian Customs & Protocols
    Cultural Programs
    Hula Seminars & Workshops
  • Ka Waikahe Lani Malie     Ladies Hula School and Institution of Dance
    O’ahu
    Kaua’i
    Sacramento, CA.
    Antioch, CA.
    Stockton, CA.
    Montana
    Tokyo, Japan
    Chiba, Japan
    Nagoya, Japan
    Papeno’o, Tahiti
    Canada
  • Kahulaliwai:    Men’s Hula School and Institution of Dance
    O’ahu
    Sacramento, CA.
    Antioch, CA.
    Canada