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  • HISTORY
    Established in 2010, our halau began with classes for Kaikamahine (Girls), ʻOpio (Teens), Wahine (Women) and Kane (Men). Practices were originally held in Kaimuki at the Sacred Hearts Academy in the Choir Room and Dance Studio. Since then our students, especially our ʻOpio and Wahine classes, have grown and flourished, performing most recently at the "Kamaʻaina Kristmas Hoʻike" for family and friends. This Summer 2013, we are excited to be expanding to two new locations and extending our classes to young keiki and makua (parents).
  • KUMU HULA
    Kumu Hula Lauren Kanoelani Chang Williams (a.k.a. Kumu Kanoe) studied and taught classes under her kumu, Aunty Leimomi I Maldonado, for more than twenty years before beginning her own hula school. In following with the ʻOlelo Noʻeau (Hawaiian proverb), "ʻAʻole pau ka ʻike i ka halau hoʻokahi", Kumu's teaching has been guided by other mentors and kumu: Dave Eldridge, Hattie Phillips, John Keola Lake, Kimo Alama Keaulana, Kimo Mansfield, Tracie & Keawe Lopes, Kawika Trask, Ed Kalahiki, Nola Nahulu, and so many others.
    Kumu Kanoe is trained in hula ʻolapa, hula pahu, and ʻoli but also enjoys choreographing and teaching the more modern styles of hula, especially Hapa Haole - from the GOLDEN AGE OF HULA. With an education background in both Hawaiian Language and Music, Kumu hopes to incorporate both aspects into her teaching philosophy.
  • PHILOSOPHY
    Our halau has many "kumu" (sources) and we hope to perpetuate the hula legacy of Kumu Hula Maiki Aiu Lake who said, "Hula is Life!" In order to guard the tradition of the teachers who have come before, we hope to pass on their hula for the generations to come - but we must also do our part to make HULA a part of every day life here in our Hawaiʻi. Too often, these days, the hula is associated with competition, precision, and uniformity. In all things living there is variation - and evolution. We hope to take our living art form of the hula into the next era with creativity, while basing our efforts in the knowledge that has been left to us by our kumu.