Our Group Leaders + History

GUY MONTGOMERY

Director of Music

 

 

AUNTIE ILIMA

Kumu + Founder

UNCLE JUNIUS

Musician + Founder

LORI MONTGOMERY

Director of Operations + Costuming

 

 

DANA MONTGOMERY

Director of Choreography + Costuming

 

 

Our roots can be traced back to renowned Master Kumu Hula Lokalia Montgomery, also known in hula circles as the "teacher of teachers". She is so revered, the Merrie Monarch Festival, which is the most prestigious of ALL hula contests, awards the Lokalia Montgomery Perpetual Trophy to the competition's overall winner. Needless to say, Hula is in the Montgomery blood.

 

 

 

THE LE POLYNESIA STORY

 

Le Polynesia was started by Auntie Ilima and Uncle Junius "Jr" Montgomery over 56 years ago. Although Auntie Ilima began teaching Hula in 1952, she and Uncle Jr spent most of the 1950s touring the globe and performing in movies and television shows with their entertainment group, and famed entertainer Hilo Hattie. In 1961, when the tours ended, Auntie Ilima and Uncle Jr settled in Long Beach CA, and wanted to share their love and passion for the Polynesian culture and dance. So, they established their very own Halau (school) and entertainment group. This allowed them to not only teach the dances and songs that were passed on to them, but to share the Aloha Spirit, which was much needed in society at the time. When they moved from Hawaii, to remain active in the Polynesian community, and to continue sharing their knowledge, Uncle Jr was very influential in helping to establish some of the festivals in Southern California, which are still going strong today.

 

After a half century, their legacy continues, and is being lead by their son Guy Keala Montgomery, his wife Lori Lei, and their daughter Dana Kalei. The other Montgomery children, Michael, Josh and Miya continue to be active in the studio. The Montgomery's are proud and honored to pass along through generations, their passion and love for the Polynesian culture, music and dance.

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