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Keiki Hula Spring Series – LIVE ONLINE, Interactive with Kumu Maliā Helelā
March 7, 2021, @ 8:30 am - April 25, 2021, @ 10:30 am HST
Sundays, March 7, 14, 21, 28 + April 11, 18, 25 2021 (No class on Easter, April 4)
May Day Event on May 1, 2021
Drop-in $17 (allowed only May 7 and May 14)
Keiki Hula 3-6 Year Olds: Sundays 8:30 am – 9:15 am
Keiki Hula 7-12 Year Olds: Sundays 9:30 am – 10:30 am
Enrolling your child in this hula halau (school) is one of the best live, interactive, online 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 teaches the keiki (children) how to play traditional hula implements: ipu (gourd hand drum) for the little ones, 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.
Kumu Malia imparts a genuine enthusiasm for learning as well as a deep appreciation of nature.
Your child will have the opportunity to participate in a virtual May Day event (details forthcoming as the situation evolves).
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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