Na Kani O Hula acknowledges Gladys and Tsugio Nouchi of Happy Hula Supplies for, after more than 30 years, passing down their legacy to us in 1994.
Gayle and Kent are honored for the opportunity to provide hula dancers throughout Hawai’i and worldwide with their hula implements. Both take pride in their work and strive to maintain their reputation for quality products. Gayle’s background in agriculture led to the birth of Na Kani O Hula through her successful methods of farming ipu in Kula, Maui. Her many years as a hula dancer also gives her an understanding of how each instrument will be used.
Kent’s main focus is his work on ipuheke and pu’ili. These instruments are made painstakingly yet each one is made with aloha. His ipu heke are highly sought after because they are created to be played comfortably as well as being pleasing to the eye and most especially to the ear.