Keiki Hula Fall Series – LIVE, Online, Interactive with Kumu Mālia Helelā
October 17, 2021, @ 9:30 am - December 13, 2021, @ 3:45 pm HST
3 to 6 year olds:
Oct 18- Dec 13, 2021 (except Nov 29)
7 to 12 year olds
Oct 17- Dec 12, 2021 (except Nov 28)
Participants in the Keiki Hula series will have an opportunity to perform at our annual Merry & Bright celebration, Sunday Dec 19, 2021
Enrolling your child in this hula hālau (school) is one of the best live, interactive introductions to Hawaiian language and culture you could find. Students learn both hula kahiko (ancient hula) and hula auana (modern hula), with the basic dance steps, hand gestures, as well as mele (Hawaiian singing).
Kumu Mālia imparts a genuine enthusiasm for learning as well as a deep appreciation of nature. She teaches the keiki (children) how to play traditional hula implements:
- 3 to 6 year olds: ipu (gourd hand drum)
- 7 to 12 year olds: and a full set of implements for the older kids: pūʻili (bamboo sticks), ʻuliʻuli (feathered gourd rattle), and the ipu.
She recommends Aloha Hula Supply in Honolulu as a reliable source of implements, available in person or online: www.alohahulasupply.com.
Please note, there is a minimum of 5 students required to hold these series. Max 20 students per class.
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.