Family of the Month (FOM) is awarded to parents that go the extra mile to help other families at Pas De Deux Hawaii! This family will receive a free month of tuition, compliments of owners Wendy and Jeremy Gilbert. Want to nominate a deserving family? Email us!

August 2022
The Palola Family

Aloha! We are the Palola ‘Ohana! Jonathan, Alyssa and Nike-Anne (8). We are honored to be PDD’s August Family of the Month!

Jon & Alyssa are born and raised in Mililani, HI. Jon is a graduate of Mililani High School. He currently works, in construction, as a Drywall Finisher for the past 17 years. He will be changing careers soon, as he just accepted a position at the Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard! 

Alyssa works as a Labor & Delivery nurse at Kaiser Moanalua hospital and also as a call-in nurse at her alma mater, Kamehameha Schools. 

Nike-Anne will be entering 3rd grade at Mililani Waena Elementary School. When she is not in dance, Nike enjoys playing outdoors, watching movies and hanging out with friends and family. Dance has been a part of our family for many years! 

Alyssa formally danced with Kamehameha Dance Company, then under the direction of Marcelo Pacleb, at 24-Vii Danceforce and with the University of Hawaii Rainbow Dancers. It is through dance that Jon and Alyssa met! Specifically, through Jon’s sister, Jocelyn (Palola) Macaibay, who formerly trained with Ms. Wendy, at Sabrina Starr. When Nike-Anne turned 3-years old, we couldn’t wait to sign her up at PDD, for Creative Movement, and she has been bit with the dancing bug since! 

At 4-years old, she was invited to audition and compete with PDD’s first Petite Company. From that very young age, we have become Nike’s biggest fans, sharing in her genuine love for dance on and off stage. We are in awe of the growth Nike has made because of Pas de Deux Hawaii. We are impressed with her determination, her work ethic, confidence, teamwork, responsibility and creativity - all skills she will carry throughout life. 

For this past 2022 season, she competed her first solo and was awarded Petite Dancer of the Year. We look forward to another season, now in Mini Companies! Our advice to families is to follow the lead of your child - support your dancer by volunteering, enjoying the journey and most importantly, by having fun!

Mahalo to Wendy, Jeremy & everyone at Pas de Deux Hawaii! We are blessed to have you in our lives.