comes from a family of Hula teachers from the Big Island, Hawaii. For her and her sister, Mahealani, their mother was their first hula teacher. Over the years, they have continued to dance, and Neaulani opened her own hula halau - hula school- in 1978, sharing the hula, music, language and customs. She continues teaching hula, as well as other Polynesian dance forms in the retreat programs with her sister, and students from the global communities. In addition to carrying on their hula tradition, Neaulani participated in numerous hula workshops led by hula masters George Naope, Pat Namaka Bacon, Pua and Nalani Kanaka'ole, Nona Beamer, and Cousin Maile Souza.
The strength, beauty and creativity of the hula served as an important and vibrant expression of cultural and family events, history, and spirituality, and were once solely performed by male dancers. Hula is the vehicle used for the hands to tell a story while keeping the rhythm flowing through the body, and to enfold you, and your audience with its emotions found within the story. The hula is fun, lively, sacred, light-hearted, and even satirical, solemn and ritualistic, and what determines the differences is the purpose for which it is danced.
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.
The arrival of the missionaries greatly changed the societal landscape of Hawaii forcing hula, along with other spiritual and healing aspects of the culture underground. Hula was deemed as barbaric, uncivilized and works of the devil. Fortunately, the hula did manage to survive, although a large part of its variety has been lost forever, including most of the animal dances, rarely done today, and forgotten by most.
Today, what is seen and kept alive occurred through the efforts of many courageous and beautiful Kumu hula teachers from past generations such as Neaulani's mother, and a family of teachers on her father's side, to the present generation for all to enjoy. As a member of this elite group, it is a great pleasure to be able to share the wonders and beauty of the hula. It is a most joyful and spiritual expression of Hawaii, its' land and its' people.
The hula is fun, lively, sacred, light-hearted, and even satirical, solemn and ritualistic, and what determines the differences is the purpose for which it is danced. it is a great pleasure to be able to share the wonders and beauty of the hula. It is a most joyful and spiritual expression of Hawaii, its' land and its' people.
See Aunty's Website alohaspiritaunty.com | for Details: Event description: She shares the traditional "mo'olelo-story telling" about her culture, and Aloha Spiritual values for self, others and the environment in group presentations, at retreats, and within her workshops through the ancient spiritually-pragmatic teachings of Ho'opono Pono Ke Ala.