Keiki Hula Spring Series (3-6 year olds) – In-person with Kumu Mālia Helelā
February 16, 2023, @ 4:00 pm - May 4, 2023, @ 4:45 pm HST
This class is for 3 to 6 year olds
12 week Spring Series: February 16 to May 4, 2023
Thursdays, 4:00-4:45 pm
Plus performance for May Day, May 6, 2023
Participation in this hula halau (school) is one of the best introductions to Hawaiian language and culture. Children will learn both hula kahiko (ancient hula) and hula auana (modern hula), with the basic steps as well as oli (Hawaiian chants). Children will learn a true appreciation for nature, as well as how to make flower lei. Some classes may learn to use implements, such as the ipu (gourd drum).
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 Still & Moving’s May Day Celebration May 6, 2023
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While the pandemic required us to connect through online classes, Malia took the opportunity to release a musical album just for Keiki, to connect to the magic of Hawaiian music inside and outside her class! Read her inspiration for creating this album below:
“I am so inspired by years of teaching hula to keiki, to kids! My children have been included in my hālau, my hula school, since birth, and Iʻve seen what lights them up over the years. The most poignant classes Iʻve taught have been for moms and babies in the Salvation Army recovery programs. Nurturing connections between babies and caregivers, especially in times of hardship, is so important for laying a solid foundation for keiki. If my music can help in that process, then I am so grateful!” ~ Malia Koʻiʻulaokawaolehua Helela
Listen to Kumu Malia’s ‘Keiki Hula Love’
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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