Vicky Holt-Takamine is a graduate of Kamehameha Schools and received her BA & MA in Dance Ethnology from the University of Hawai’i. In 1975, She graduated as kumu hula (master teacher of Hawaiian dance) from Maiki Aiu Lake. In 1977, Vicky established her hālau hula (school of Hawaiian dance), Pua Ali‘i ‘Ilima. Twenty years later, in 1997, Vicky co-founded ‘Īlio‘ulaokalani Coalition, a coalition of Native Hawaiian artists and cultural practitioners to advocate and protect Native Hawaiian rights. In 2001, she established PA‘I Foundation to protect and preserve Native Hawaiian cultural traditions and the natural and cultural resources of Hawai’i for future generations. She is the executive director of PA’I Foundation and a lecturer at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa.