A Hawaiian native of mixed Portuguese, Hawaiian and Japanese descent, Mark Keali'i Ho'omalu is known as the "bad boy" of hula. He got involved with the hula movement in Hawaii, just as a new generation of dancers were reviving the traditional dance and rescuing it from its modern, romantic connotations. Ho'omalu ultimately moved to California to start his own school there, fielding competitive dance teams best known for their slightly aggressive style. In 1999, Ho'omalu finally ventured into the music-making business himself with his debut release Po'okela. Though it and subsequent releases have stirred some controversy for their unorthodox handling of traditional Hawaiian chant, Ho'omalu remains committed to his path.