Hula

Hula Worldwide

Far more than just an enchanting style of dance, “Hula is the language of the heart, therefore the heartbeat of the Hawaiian people,” said King Kalākaua.

Hula has long been held as a sacred way of communicating between peoples, the land, and the spirit of this place. Hula, in both its traditional (hula kahiko) and modern (hula ‘auwana) forms, can be a beautiful and empowering way to move your body and connect with the rich history of Hawaii. Hula can range from very gentle to more strenuous movements, and is wonderful for challenging your balance, coordination, and rhythm. Hula utilizes fluid, circular movements of the joints, particularly the hips and hands, which can improve your flexibility the more you practice. Not only is hula a beautiful way to honor Hawaiian culture and history, it’s also great for your health, raising your endorphins, and boosting your circulation as well as your spirit! Thousands of students around the world look to Kumu Mālia for their hula instruction. At Still & Moving Center, everyone, from keiki to kupuna, from babies and children to elders, can learn hula. Both Kumu Mālia and her protégé Doris Morisaki offer some of our hula classes online in Japanese. You can also schedule private hula instruction, such as for brides wanting to dance hula at their weddings.

Dedicated students earn the opportunity to join Kumu Mālia’s hula hālau (school) Nā Hula Ola Aloha, to learn some of the deeper practices of hula, and to travel to neighboring islands.

In addition to the art of Hawaiian dance, Kumu Mālia instructs her students in oli (Hawaiian chanting), playing of traditional Hawaiian instruments, such as the ipu (gourd drum) and the more modern ‘ukulele, as well as imparting many words and phrases of ‘õlelo Hawai’i (Hawaiian language). Hawaiian grace, gentleness and bright laughter suffuse all of our hula classes, online and in person.

We welcome hula students to perform at studio events such as our annual ‘May Day is Lei Day’ celebration, Merry & Bright, our Diwali Festival of Lights, Gandhi Peace Day and various community gatherings. Whether you are interested in our online hula classes, or you have been wanting to try oli chanting, we are happy to have you! Join us today.

Upcoming Events

Mar 07, 2021 March 7, 2021, - April 25, 2021,
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Sundays, March 7, 14, 21, 28 + April 11, 18, 25  2021 (No class on Easter, April 4) May Day Event on May 1, 2021Price: $130 Drop-in $17 (allowed only May 7 and May 14) Keiki Hula 3-6 Year Olds: Sundays 8:30 am – 9:15 amKeiki Hula 7-12 Year Olds: Sundays 9:30 am – 10:30 amEnrolling your […]

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Apr 13, 2021 12:00 am - 11:59 pm
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Positive Intelligence (PQ) is a comprehensive program for developing mental fitness. Our mental fitness allows us to respond to life’s challenges with a positive rather than negative mindset.

Mental fitness helps us get out of the ways that we habitually sabotage ourselves and instead cultivate our inner sage who sees opportunity in anything life throws at us. PQ (Positive Intelligence) enhances our career, our relationships and our sense of peace and wellbeing in the world.

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Apr 17, 2021 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Global,HIUnited States
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Translated to Japanese by Eriko Jones 4 - Saturdays in April4:30 - 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 - […]

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Apr 18, 2021 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
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Sunday, April 18, 2021 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm HST/7:30-8:30pm PST $35  20% Discount for Golden Circle members  Realizing the importance of healing with sound, Baba Doc has created the Healing Sound Bath, using a variety of percussion instruments, each with a unique voice and energy to create an experience that promotes relaxation, stress relief, […]

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Apr 24, 2021 12:45 pm - 3:15 pm
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Saturday April 24, 202112:45 - 3:15 pm HST Day 2: Sun, Apr 25 9:45am -1:15pm HST Day 1: $49Day 2: $69 Both (2) workshops: $110 Golden Circle members 20% off each single workshopIn this first part of the 2-day workshop, we focus on how our breath relates to spinal health.  Most people have limited knowledge […]

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Apr 24, 2021 2:15 pm - 2:45 pm
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Earth Day Meditation – LIVE ONLINE, Interactive with Lizabeth Kashinsky  Saturday, April 24, 2021 2:15 - 2:45 pm HST Workshop by donation (for Malama Learning Center) We invite you to take a sacred pause to join us in celebration of Earth Day, honoring and deepening our connections to our beautiful planet. We will come together […]

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Apr 24, 2021 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Global,HIUnited States
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Translated to Japanese by Eriko Jones 4 - Saturdays in April4:30 - 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 - […]

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Apr 25, 2021 9:45 am - 1:15 pm
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Day 2: Sunday April 25, 20219:45 am - 1:15 pm HST Day 1: Sat, Apr 24  12:45-3:15pm HST Day 1: $49Day 2: $69 Both(2) workshops: $110 Golden Circle members 20% off each single workshopFrom Saturday’s lessons, we continue to expand on breathing and add the theme of fascia. In addition to Feldenkrais lessons, we also […]

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Jun 07, 2021 June 7, 2021, - June 28, 2021,
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Mondays, June 7-14-21-28, 2021 4:30 - 8:30 pm HST Price: $395  20% discout to Golden Circle members In English ONLYPre-registration is required. Currently accepting students. Please send an email to Kumu Mālia at malia@stillandmovingcenter.com to introduce yourself and share why you are interested in the course. Mahalo! Navigating Through Time - This lomilomi training places […]

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Dec 31, 2021 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Global,HIUnited States
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Announcing the new, revised….Still & Moving Center Almanac 2021! This year’s almanac theme of Self-Crafting challenges us to self-define, self-shape, and grow further into the person we long to be. It invites us to sculpt our lives as if creating art. Our aim in this almanac is to each day provide a quote that speaks to your soul. Look for the themes – every day’s quote follows a carefully crafted theme for the week! “When I keep the week’s theme humming in the background of my mind, it helps me put to everything that happens that week into perspective...

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