About Hula
Hula comes  from the heart and soul of the Hawaiian people. Before there was a Hawaiian written language...there was hula. The Hawaiian culture has a very strong oral tradition. Hula is still perpetuating their history. It is performed at most special occasions on the Islands including: birthdays, graduations,  weddings, funerals, etc.  The dance can be an expression of inner thoughts & emotions, historical & political  story-telling or the exploits of the many goddesses and gods which are everywhere throughout the Islands of Hawaii including the most famous goddess...PELE, goddess of  fire and volcanoes. Hula can  be in different  forms  including:  significant traditional chants  with or without Hula  implements. Hula Kahiko can be either moving or kneeling. Hula 'Auana (Modern Hula) is choreographed dances to songs with music and words usually accompanied by guitar or Ukulele. Whatever the form or contents of the Hula, the dancer and musicians perform it  with the  utmost respect,  love,  sincerity and  compassion for all involved...the Hawaiian people call this “Aloha  Spirit”. It is a way of life and lived not only in dance but everyday.  Aloha nui loa...Kumu Ka'iulani
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"What is Aloha Spirit?"
By Victoria Ka'iulani Visiko

Aloha Spirit is a way of life.  A wellness inside of you...a love of life filled with love, compassion, kindness, passion and strength.  The Hawaiian Hula brings all of these ingredients together with movement.  Hula tells life's story...no matter what the subject. The Hula dancer must bring the story to life with believability and intensity.  Aloha Spirit...wellness of body, mind and spirit.                 

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Hula Protocol at Gallery Kaua'i

 >Have respect for your Kumu hula.

 >Always be considerate of your Hula sisters & brothers.

 >Do not disrupt class sessions or your fellow students.

 >Arrive on time for your lesson or rehearsal and be ready to work.

 >Students must say Kunihi Ka Mauna before entering the Hula space.

 >Students must say the Aloha Chant to leave.

 >Be patient!

 >The most important aspect of a Hula practice is the process of learning.

 >Be humble.  As you advance, always remember those who have gone before    you.  Do not boast and do not look down on others less advanced than you.   

 >No Gossiping!

 >Do not critique or try to teach your fellow students.

 >Students are not allowed to teach Hula until given permission by the Kumu.

 >Students are not allowed to perform Kumu Ka'iulani’s chants or dances without written permission from Gallery  Kaua'i.

 >No food or drinks allowed in the studio.   Water bottles allowed only on carpeted area.

 >For females- Pa’u and shirt are worn during Hula

 >For males-Shorts (not gym shorts) and shirt are worn during Hula.

 >For parents-Please do not instruct your child (children) on  Hula technique   or Hula dances at home.

 >Be compassionate to others & live with the Aloha Spirit.

Gallery Kauai, Center for Hawaiian Studies & Performing Arts

1560 Jefferson Rd. Rochester, NY 14623         

585-427-2290  or  585-385-8735

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