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Intro to Hawaiian Culture Mini Workshops – LIVE ONLINE, Interactive with Kumu Mālia Helelā ハワイ文化に親しむミニワークショップ〜ライブ・オンライン交流型 with クム・マリア ヘレラ

April 2, 2022, @ 4:30 pm - April 9, 2022, @ 6:00 pm HST

Translated to Japanese by Eriko Jones


Saturdays in April (skipping Easter weekend)

$65/each or $200 for all 4 workshops

ハワイ時間:4月毎週土曜日 (イースターの週末を除く。)





April 2 – Intro to ʻŌlelo: Learn the meaning of E Kuʻu Sweet Lei Poina ʻole and practice common greetings, phrases & sentence patterns

April 9 – Intro to Lei Making – Learn to make 2 styles of lei; Hilo (twisted style) and Haku (braided style) using ribbons and fabric 

April 23– Intro to Oli – Learn a Hawaiian chant used when making and gifting lei. Vocal warm ups will prepare the voice for chanting.

April 30 – Learn the Hula E Kuʻu Sweet Lei Poina ʻole for May Day with Oli and Ōlelo Review

Sunday, May 1 – Free May Day is Lei Day Event!

These 4 mini workshops will 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, leaves and ferns): 

  • We use ʻŌlelo (Hawaiian language) to learn about the song E Kuʻu Sweet Lei Poina ʻole
  • We create 2 styles of lei; Hilo (twisted style) and Haku (braided style) using ribbons and fabric.
  • We learn Oli (traditional chant) invoked when creating and gifting lei 
  • We will dance a beloved hula that celebrates love that is woven into lei. 

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.

List of supplies for the lei workshop:

  • Ribbon : 3 colors (1.5 inches recommended, in various colors of green), 4 yard each 
  • Fabrics : 1 yard (to be cut into 1.5 inch strips in the class)
  • Sharp scissors


*オレロ ʻŌlelo(ハワイ語) E Kuʻu Sweet Lei Poina ʻole の歌詞や挨拶の言葉、フレーズ、文章のパターンなどを学びます。

*2つのスタイルのレイ: Hiloヒロ(ねじるスタイル) & Hakuハク(編み込むスタイル) をリボンや布を用いて練習します。

*オリOli(伝統的なチャント) レイメイキングやレイを捧げる時に用いられるハワイアンチャントを習います。


 ʻŌlelo オレロとフラのワークショップでは歌を歌います。 ウクレレを持参することも歓迎です。 配布されるソングシート にはウクレレのコードが付いています。


Kumu Hula 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 2, 2022, @ 4:30 pm HST
April 9, 2022, @ 6:00 pm HST
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