About Our Classes
Hula is more than a dance, but a way of life.
Hula is a method of sharing Hawaiian history, culture, and lifestyle through movement, expression, and song. The lessons of hula enter through our heads, pass through our hearts and manifest through our hands. In its ancient form, hula was used to show sacred devotion and became a key part of religious and cultural expression.
At Hana Hou Hula Productions dancers will learn Hula Kahiko (ancient hula) to pay tribute to the past and Hula 'Auana (modern hula) to celebrate the present and future.
We provide incredible programs for all ages from children to adults, exploring not only the dance of the islands but the history, culture, and language of the Hawaiian people. Hana Hou Hula Productions admits students of any race, color, and national or ethnic origin.
Skills that can be used for a lifetime:
Respect- Hula begins with respect: for the kūpuna (ancestors), for the Kumu Hula (teacher) that brings great knowledge, for the 'aina (land), and respect for one another. We recognize hula as a precious legacy. Dancers are taught to mālama, preserve and cherish what they have learned.
Service- Hula is about giving unselfishly and unconditionally and finding peace within. The concept of interconnectedness and paying it forward is strongly emphasized through our service to the community. Hula classes perform regularly at retirement homes and assisted living to teach the students the importance of sharing the knowledge they are given.
Cultural Awareness- Dancers participate in performances and educational activities that promote cultural understanding and preservation that honor the Hawaiian heritage and traditions of the Hawaiian people.
Confidence- Dancers skills are drastically improved and enhanced through active participation in performances. Through public performances, students gain confidence in themselves and their ability to be on stage.
Discipline- Instructors teach the students dedication and strict discipline through practice, repetitive moves, and class rules.