About Barbara Landau

Director and Instructor for the Halau Pu’uwai o ke Kuawa


Barbara Landau

Barbara Landau is a retired educator. She taught at OSU for several years before moving to California and then to Hawai’i to teach at the University of Hawai’i, Manoa.

Barbara had been a dancer all her life and when she moved to O’ahu she soon signed up to take Hula workshops and classes. Later, she joined a halau and studied with that group for 2 and a half years.

She also trained and became a volunteer as an Interpreter at the Waikiki Aquarium. There she learned a great deal about Hawaiian history, culture and the sea life that is so intricately linked to the development of Hawaiian civilization.

After retiring, she moved back to Oregon, a place she always considered to be her home. Now she teaches, choreograph dances, arranges performance opportunities and, in general, serves as the director of the Hula halau she created. Members actively participate in the decision-making for the group and their input is invited and welcomed.

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