Kuhi no ka lima, hele no ka maka – Where the hands move, there let the eyes follow
Hula is an expression of prose and poetry, a dramatization and immortalization of the Hawaiian aho (lifeline), in which the aka ‘uhane (spiritual essence) is always given recognition. It is a lifestyle: At the heart of hula is the understanding, enjoyment, and appreciation for Hawaiian culture in language, medicine, science, art, philosophy, and religion.
E Komo Mai
We welcome you to join us and experience traditional Hawaiian dance, music, and culture!
Open enrollment is offered throughout the year during monthly workshops with Kumu Pilialoha; see our Event Calendar for upcoming workshop dates.
Practice sessions in between workshops with Kumu Pilialoha are held twice a week on Sunday morning and Tuesday evening.
Both the monthly Kumu Workshops and regular practice sessions are held in Grass Valley at the Center Stage dance studio.
Pre-registration to attend the initial Kumu Workshop is required for all new students.
To pre-register, contact Carole Puanani Ching at (916) 834-0887 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- Initial Kumu Introductory Workshop, $20
- Monthly fees, $65, which includes monthly all-day Kumu Workshop
- Nā wāhine (women and girls) – Pa’u (Hawaiian skirt). New haumana wāhine will be loaned a practice pa’u until they can make their own.
- Hālau t-shirt – both nā wāhine and nā kāne (men and boys) should wear their halau t-shirts to Kumu workshops and regular practice unless otherwise advised. New nā haumana can wear a comfortable shirt of their choice until they purchase a hālau t-shirt.
- Nā wāhine with long hair – hair should be worn in a ponytail or bun with flower adornment placed on the left.
- Nā kāne – T-shirts (halau or other) must be worn at all times with shorts or long pants in solid colors.
As a traditional hālau hula, nā haumana are expected to:
- Follow hula protocol approved by Kumu Pilialoha.
- Adhere to the hālau dress code.
- Learn basic hula steps.
- Learn both hula ‘auana (contemporary hula usually danced to music) and hula kāhiko (traditional hula usually danced to chants).
- Learn ōlelo Hawai’i (Hawaiian language).