Sending some Special Aloha as the Cruise Industry Rev's up again.
Blessings from our beach to yours!
Tui and Maile Letuli, bringing you love and Aloha Spirit through music (mele), ukulele,
dance (hula) and friendship
Tui and Maile’s journey together started 30 years ago, in a beach town cafe where Tui played music and asked Maile to come and dance a hula while
he played. Little did they know that would lead them to a path of island music and projects around the world as Ambassadors of Aloha.
Tui is a true Ambassador of Polynesia. He was raised in American Samoa and is of Native Hawaiian and Samoan descent. His upbringing led him to be the
gifted Singer, Songwriter, Musician, Stuntman, and a man who passionately loves his Polynesian Islands. Tui comes from a long lineage of entertainers from both his Samoan and Hawaiian sides.
His father, the Father of the Fire Knife dance is Paramount Chief Olo Misilagi Letuli who in the 1950’s added the fire to his knives that created what we know of today, as the Fire knife Dance
or Siva Afi dance, this represents his Samoan heritage. His Hawaiian heritage dates to the 40’s, where his grandfather is the legendary Al McIntire. He and his brothers Lani and Dick,
were one of the many artists who pioneered popularizing Hawaiian music in the 30’s & 40's. A natural born entertainer, Tui has worked as an actor, stuntman and as a Local 399 Teamsters
in the movie industry and he is no stranger behind or in front of the camera. He has contracted with Disney as a talent scout for their worldwide locations and has frequented the entertainment lineup
at Trader Joes at Disneyland in Anaheim, CA. He currently contracts with Princess Cruises as a Polynesian Ambassador, where he and his wife Maile share aloha, culture, and music of the islands
with all passengers on cruise ships. Part time he partners as a marketing director and consultant for many other worldwide organizations.
Maile also is Native Hawaiian mix with Portuguese, Chinese & Filipino. She was raised in
California with her parents dedicated to raising her and her brothers influenced in the Hawaiian Culture. She spent summers in Hawai’i and has a diverse Hula genealogy that started at age 4,
under the direction of Miss Maile Mau from the Island of Oahu. In her teenage years, she toured and danced with Moana Chang and the Kalani Islanders, leaders in Southern California for
dancing and singing Polynesian songs in the 1970’s and 80’s. Her adult hula genealogy brought her to study under Kumu Hula Mohala Reese who studied Aunty Maiki Aiu Lake and Aunty Mae
Klein.Maile also comes from a family of entertainers and is cousins to Actor Branscombe Richmond, Na Hoku
Winners Sean Na'auao & 2015 Merrie Monarch winners Kumu Kailihiwa and Ipolani Vaughan.
Both Tui and Maile passionately love their Polynesian Islands and are committed to preserving the cultural arts. Together they have given their talents back to community and founded Pacific Talent Academy of the Arts in Southern
California, the host of Weekend in Polynesia , the largest fire knife
dance competition in North America and ITO (International Tahitian Ori) competition helping the youth of Polynesia connect to their rich heritage
Their efforts have supported their son's success of touring the world with Hawaii's 2018 Grammy nominated Josh
Tatofi. Which has helped Laupepa launch his 1st single “Kanikapila”.
They both love travelling worldwide, entertaining, public speaking, and spending time at their homes with
their family in American Samoa, Maui, and California. They are true Ambassadors of Aloha that love to fulfill their passion of touching people’s lives with the Spirit of
Ahuwale ka po’okela i kau hana ia ha’i
“It is through the way you serve others that your greatness will be felt.”