A Little About Us

The Hawaiian Dance Company is the leading Hawaiian entertainment company in Toronto, Ontario booking over 100 events per year. The first  and only authentic Hawaiian company in Ontario owned by our Polynesian family that moved here from the islands in the 1970's.  Because of our high-energy and island talent we are the go-to company for party & event entertainment in Ontario. 

We provide shows for all different types of events like:

Milestone Birthdays, Wedding Receptions, Corporate Events, Staff Appreciation, Kid's Parties, Senior Home Parties, School Events, Grand Openings, Summer Parties, Patio Openings, Celebration of Life Parties, Bridal Showers, Lu'au Parties, Themed Parties, Product Launches, Bar Mitzvahs, Bat Mitzvahs, Sweet 16 Birthdays, Annual Pig Roasts, And the list goes on!


 The Hawaiian Dance Company founders.  Toronto Star article.   Founders of The Hawaiian Dance Company. Mother & Daughter Team.     Aliki Kavouras (to the left) & La'aina Mo'ungaloa Kavouras (to the right)    

The Hawaiian Dance Company founders.  Toronto Star article.

Founders of The Hawaiian Dance Company. Mother & Daughter Team. 

Aliki Kavouras (to the left) & La'aina Mo'ungaloa Kavouras (to the right)

 

Founders

Message from Mama La'aina

Aloha!. My name is La'aina Mo'ungaloa Kavouras and I helped my daughter Aliki start The Hawaiian Dance Company in 2010.  I am honoured to be able to share my culture with you, your family and friends.  

I  am a 100% Polynesian islander that moved away from my paradise home, Tonga Islands to come to Canada in 1973.  Hawaiians and Polynesians are the same. Hawaiians are the most well-known Polynesians in our Island chain in case you are wondering about the word Polynesian.   

Dancing, singing, grass skirts, fresh flower lei, the ocean breeze and palm trees blowing in the wind are all memories from my childhood.  When I had my daughters the only way I knew how to raise them was, the Polynesian way, with lots of lu'au celebrations, dancing, singing and of course lots of lu'au pig:)  Our family to this day keeps our Polynesian culture going strong and we are so happy to be able to share it with you.

Hawaiians & Polynesians - Skilled Voyagers

My family is from Tonga and Samoa.... the birthplace of Hawaiians and all Polynesians. From Tonga and Samoa (Western Polynesia) my ancestors, skilled natives, began their voyage from island to island exploring and settling the islands of the Pacific. These islands today are known as Polynesia or the Polynesian Triangle.  

In Toronto there is only a small population of under 50 Indigenous Polynesians (most of us are related:) .


 Aliki Kavouras in Fort Lauderdale Florida. Lead Dancer for Drums of Polynesia at the time. 

Aliki Kavouras in Fort Lauderdale Florida. Lead Dancer for Drums of Polynesia at the time. 

Message from daughter Aliki

Aloha my name is Aliki, the daughter in this team.  I like to say I was born into a lu'au party and have not stopped dancing and living my culture since.   Everything Polynesian I have learned has come form my mother, aunts, cousins and teachers along the way and I am very proud to say "I share my culture for a living!"  I am the Artistic Director of the show overseeing costume creation, choreography and over-all product authenticity. I've worked as a Hawaiian/Polynesian Culture Specialist in the United States  and I have studied and perpetuated Polynesian culture all over the world.

Aliki's Hawaiian Dance Accomplishments

Throughout my career I have danced at numerous engagements, including:

  • the Nascar Races in Homestead Florida
  • on MTV’s My Super Sweet Sixteen Show
  • for the late Anna Nicole Smith at lu'au hosted by her
  • at private parties for many celebrities
  • Google & Coca-Cola Corporate Events
  • NHL Philadelphia Flyers player private party

My training includes dancing with the following world renowned Polynesian groups:

  • Drums of Polynesia under the direction of Maori culture expert, RJ Rewi
  • Na Ohana ‘O Kealoha Dance School under the direction of Hawaiian culture expert, Kumu (Teacher) U’ilani Kam
  • The Tongan National Centre on Tonga Island.  

I  have studied under many of the world’s finest Polynesian teachers including:

  •  Tahitian culture expert, Maire Tuia (Heiva I Tahiti Winner)
  • Tongan culture experts, Ma’ata Mo’ungaloa (Miss South Pacific 1996)
  • Kau Fo’ou of Tonga Island.

I have been teaching Polynesian dance for over 15 years and I have a wealth of experience in the professional Polynesian dance world.  I am a graduate of York Universities Theatre Program and I have also earned her Musical Theatre Diploma from Etobicoke School of the Arts.