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Intro to Hawaiian Culture Mini Workshops – LIVE ONLINE, Interactive with Kumu Mālia Helelā

April 24, 2021, @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm HST

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An event every week that begins at 4:30 pm on Saturday, repeating until April 10, 2021,

An event every week that begins at 4:30 pm on Saturday, repeating until April 17, 2021,

An event every week that begins at 4:30 pm on Saturday, repeating until April 24, 2021,

Translated to Japanese by Eriko Jones

4 – Saturdays in April
4:30 – 6:00 pm (HST) 

$65/each or $200 for all 4 workshops

 April 3   – Intro to ʻŌlelo: Hawaiian vocabulary for Lei Making 

April 10 – Intro to Lei Making – Demonstration of 4 styles of Lei Making

April 17 – Intro to Oli – Hawaiian Chants that pertain to Lei

April 24 – Lei-related Hula for May Day with Oli and Ōlelo Review

May 1 – Join us for our Free May Day is Lei Day Event!

4 mini workshops introduce you to the basics of the treasured Hawaiian cultural practices surrounding Hawaii’s annual May Day is Lei Day.

Culminating in a celebration on May 1st, each workshop will introduce elements that make up the mindful creation and usage of the Hawaiian lei (garlands made of flowers or leaves): 

  • We use ʻŌlelo (Hawaiian language) to identify the lei-making implements
  • We physically create several types of lei
  • We learn Oli (sacred chants) invoked in using the lei 
  • We dance beloved Hulas that celebrate the traditional flora that are used and represented in the annual May Day event.

Please  note, we will be singing songs at the ʻŌlelo and Hula workshops. Students are welcome to bring their ʻukulele but it is not required. Handouts will include ʻukulele chords.

Kuma Hulu Malia Helela


Mālia is an authentic Kumu Hula: a recognized hula teacher, officially having graduated after 17 years training from her teacher, Pulu’elo Park. Fluent in Hawaiian, Kumu Mālia frequently composes her own original oli (sacred chants).  Kumu Mālia has an affinity for teaching young children.  For the last decade she has developed lessons specific to infants, toddlers and preschool aged keiki. She also enjoys sharing classic hula and songs with the elderly. In keeping with her tradition, she is an observant and reverent student of nature and keeper of the land – the ‘aina.

Kumu Mālia Ko’i’ulaokawaolehua Helela strives to live a life of grace. Her halau, which meets at Still & Moving Center, is Na Hula Ola Aloha. Completing her uniki under Kumu Hula Puluelo Park in 2002, she now teaches hula and oli to a wide range of students, from infants and toddlers to kupuna. Mālia studied oli (traditional Hawaiian chant) under Kumu Hula Keola Lake. She continues to look to the beauty and grace of the Hawaiian environment for grounding and inspiration.

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April 24, 2021,
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
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