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The majority of our class curriculum is Hula of which I will be teaching both Kahiko (ancient) and ‘Auana (modern) Hula styles (please continue to Question 2 below for more discussion regarding the style of Hula Kahiko taught here at Ke Ali’i O Ka Malu).
For performance purposes, though, I may teach a few Polynesian dances from time to time (Tahitian, Maori, Samoan, etc.).
Hula kahiko in its most ancient form paid religious homage to the gods and goddesses of our Hawaiian ancestors.
As a Christian, however, I am led to carefully select Hula Kahiko that choose to honor such things as our Ali’i (Hawaii’s Kings and Queens), favorite places (Wahi Pana), and the beauty of Hawai’i versus Hula that is pre-history or Hula that honor Hawaiian gods and demigods.
Yes, I will teach some Christian Hula in hālau, but I’ll be teaching it with the utmost care and respect.
As you may know, with the introduction of Christianity to Hawai’i came the fall of Hula. If it wasn’t for King David Kalākaua (affectionately known as the “Merrie Monarch”) reinstating Hula to Hawai’i, Hula would be something you would only read about in a history book today.
This pivotal event has upset Hula practitioners ever since and is the main reason why Christian Hula is not popular among Hula traditionalists today. And rightly so.
Therefore, out of the utmost respect for our Kūpuna (ancestors), I will never teach Christian Hula in a Kahiko context (ancient style; i.e. – chanting with ipu and pahu).
Instead, I intend to share Christian Hula in an ‘Auana form (modern style; i.e. – singing with ‘ukulele, guitar and bass) since Hula ‘Auana is not generally bound to the traditional protocols that Kahiko dances are subject to.
Yes and No. 🙂
Participation in public performances and Hula competitions are optional.
However, participation in annual/semi-annual Hālau Hō’ike (sharing of what you’ve learned) are mandatory so that your friends and family can experience and celebrate your Hula growth.
In a nut shell, it comes down to the reason why you’re missing or coming late to rehearsals: If you’re tired, lazy, or hung over (hee), then that would NOT be a Pono (right) reason.
Think of it this way: Hula is like a bank… if you “deposit” (attend rehearsals and perfect what you learn), then you can “withdraw” (grow in your Hula).
To tell you the truth, not even I, the instructor, will be able to make EVERY rehearsal. I have a job, a family, I get sick, I have “real life” responsibilities, and I may need to cancel & reschedule rehearsals.
Yes, as shocking as it may be to you, Kumu IS human also.
Just try your very best to be present and on time to rehearsals. I will try my very best as well. 🙂
On the flip side, if you do decide to commit to a performance or competition, then rehearsals are MANDATORY for that project.