Hawaiian Lua becomes part of the Martial Arts History Museum Biography Series

Michelle Manu

Burbank, CA – The Martial Arts History Museum’s media publishing company, Museum Productions, is proud to announce the release of their latest addition to their Biography Series, the “Biography of Lua Pioneer, Michelle Manu.”

The art of Hawaiian Lua is a very unique and for many centuries, it has been a very secretive form of martial arts combat. From bone-breaking techniques, power grappling maneuvers to the influence of circular movements found in Hawaiian hula dancing, Lua was made more popular when King Kamehameha was a practitioner of the art in the 1700s.

Famous for their shark-teeth weapons, Lua was only passed down from warrior to warrior and only a select few were taught the art. Olohe Solomon Kaihewalu was credited as the first individual to bring the artform to America in the early 1960s and the first instructor to teach the art to all who wanted to learn.

One of his senior students was Kumu Michelle Manu. She is the first female practitioner in Lua history, to ever completely master the artform. Carrying on the traditions passed on by her teacher, she is not only responsible for bringing awareness to the art, but she has been entrusted with the knowledge and ability to create traditional, hand-made Lua weaponry.

Manu, who was inducted into the prestigious Martial Arts History Museum’s Hall of Fame in 2016 for her pioneering accomplishments, has agreed to provide an insight into her life, the beginnings of her teachings and the launching of her women’s empowerment program called SHE (Super Hero Experience).

The biography series produced by the Martial Arts History Museum, provides insight to each of the pioneers, champions, founders and significant individuals in martial arts history. Based on historical achievements and their impact on the world, these biographies play a crucial role in documenting martial arts history.

“The Martial Arts History Museum is the only museum that has a permanent display of the history of Hawaiian Lua. Keeping this art alive in today’s society is a struggle and to carry on the teachings of Solomon Kaihewalu is indeed an honor. Michelle Manu is without a doubt, one of the most gifted individuals and perhaps the biggest advocate of the art today,” says museum president Michael Matsuda.

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