In ancient times, hula was a sacred practice combining music, dance and poetry into Hawaiians’ highest form of spiritual and artistic expression. It evolved with the influence of Western music and ideas into their chief medium of entertainment.
The genealogy, legends, poetry, history, and spirit of the Hawai`iÕs people continue to thrive today and are perpetuated through the study of na mele (songs) and na hula (dances) of Hawai`i. With a commitment to holding fast to this Hawaiian tradition, the Hawai`i Cultural Foundation presents performances and workshops of traditional Hawaiian dance, craft-making, and Hawaiian language.
Since its inaugural event featuring kumu hula (master teacher) Michael Pili Pang and Halau Hula Ka No`eau in a performance of hula kahiko (ancient hula), HCF has conducted hula and chanting workshops with renowned kumu hula such as Keali`i Reichel, Sonny Ching, Tony Conjugacion, Kekuhi Kanahele and Uluwehi Guererro. Through intensive hula workshops inhula kahiko (ancient) and hula `auana (modern), visiting kumu hula share with the HCF community the rich heritage passed onto them over the generations. HCF also offers educational workshops in Hawaiian language, history, arts and crafts throughout the year.