Kau`i (pronounced KAU-E) Dalire is no stranger to performing on stage and being under the spotlight, Dalire’s DNA has given her a head start in the world of Hawaiian entertainment. Born into a well-regarded hula dancing family from the Windward side of O’ahu, Hawai’i, Dalire’s Mother, Aloha Dalire, was the winner of the very first Miss Hula competition in the Merrie Monarch festival, often referred to as the “Super Bowl” of hula. In time, Dalire, as well her two sisters would follow in their Mother’s footsteps and capture the title as well, making Hawai’i history. Now, Dalire is Kumu Hula to her own schools known as Halau Ka Lihilihilehua ‘O Hopoe Kuikanani, with locations in Hawai’i, Japan (Shibuya and Okinawa), Mexico, Australia, Arizona, Seattle and California.
Although Dalire excelled in hula dancing, it wasn’t the only area where she honed her skills. An accomplished athlete, Dalire was proficient on the basketball court and winning awards while a student at Kamehameha Schools. In her college years, she even won a position on the Linfield team in Oregon. Little did she know that all of the training, discipline, and hard work in hula and sports would eventually be the foundation of a future career.
Kau`i Dalire and Mailani Makainai are the co-founders of HĀ Enterprises, a unique Honolulu- based company specializing in artist management and production. The translation of the word HĀ means “breath” or “essence,” and is the very energy that both Dalire & Makainai pour into their work as businesswomen, entertainers, and mothers. The lively entrepreneurs started out simply as pals, and over the years, have developed an endearing and close-knit friendship. Two beautiful women at the very top of their trades cross the Pacific Ocean on numerous occasions, to share a piece of their Hawai’i with the world.
Together, these two brilliant businesswomen have become a force to reckon with. Team Dalire & Makainai have taken all of their combined experiences, on stage and off, to create a distinctive talent and production company. Their mission: to assist established acts and develop the next generation of up-and-coming artists in the music and entertainment industry. As well as continue to perpetuate Hawaiian music and culture around the world.