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In ancient times the hula was kapu-forbidden, and sacred, and only taught to those worthy of receiving its' knowledge and passed on from generation to generation. As a chosen child, you were taken from your family and given to the hula halau to be raised with the hula as your main priority. So sacred was this group of dancers that the halau became your family and secrets were closely guarded and kept within the halau family.

Hula Play Shop

There are 2 basic types of hulas and they are the ancient (kahiko) style and the modern (auwana) style.


The kahiko style is harder to do. It requires dedication and commitment and years of serious training. This is the true hula of our Hawaiian culture. It embodies the beliefs we hold in the sacredness of life, the power of our deities and their descendants on earth, procreation and the respect for all things. It is Hawaiian.


This is the style most people in the world are familiar with. It’s fun, far easier to learn and remember and more commonly seen. As in the Kahiko, this style tells the story with the hands. It can be stylish and elegant with long gowns, beautiful leis and flowers in your hair as well as fast paced with swishing skirts.

What can you expect?

I teach kahiko as well as modern auana hula. If you’ve never taken hula, you will be learning the auwana style.

If you have some experience with hula, then you will learn auwana and a little bit of kahiko hula.

If you are an experienced hula dancer, then you have your choice of auwana and kahiko or either one or the other depending on your preference as well as your level of experience.

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I also teach 1 chant that asks for blessings from above for our hula experience here. This is the most important of the hula.

My goal when I teach is for you to be able to not just learn the dance but also be able to feel the spirit of the hula and be able to dance it by yourself. After all, you came to learn the hula, you paid to learn the hula and you should expect to be able to take it with you when you go home.

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