Liko Puha is a Native Hawaiian chanter, dancer, songwriter and poet (Haku Mele), musician, and educator (Kumu Oli, Kumu ʻŌlelo).
As a cultural practitioner, Liko shares his cultural knowledge by performing blessings, composing poetry as chants or songs, and creating hula choreography.
As an educator, he teaches workshops and classes both online and on-ground in Hawaiʻi and California.
Liko has been a repeat instructor at the Beamer Aloha Music Camp, the Kahumoku ʻOhana Hawaiian Music & Lifestyle Workshop, the Wine Country ʻUkulele Festival, and the Hoʻomau ʻUkulele Workshop & Retreat.
He has also taught online Hawaiian language courses for Aʻo Makua Distance Learning Program (Kamehameha Schools) and for Niuolahiki Distance Learning (ʻAha Pūnana Leo).
In 2001, as a recipient of the Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts Folk Apprenticeship program, Liko formally studied chant (oli) with Master Chanter and Kumu Hula Dr. Kalena Silva in Hilo.
Liko received a Bachelor of Arts in Hawaiian Studies, Performing Arts emphasis from the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo in 2004.
Most recently in 2013, Liko formalized his prior self-taught experience as a distance learning coordinator by earning a Master of Science in Education, Option in Online Teaching and Learning from the University of California East Bay.