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Handbook for Halau Na Pua 'O Uluhaimalama

Transcript of Hālau Handbook 201200601 Full

Revised 2012 June 01

~~~~~~~~ Hlau N Pua O Uluhaimlama ~~~~~~~~ So You Want to Study Hula?There are many ways to go about studying the hula. Not all of them are equally regarded as respectable. What follows are various factors for prospective students to consider. 1. Hula is a way of life to which many students and teachers dedicate their lives In Hawaiian culture, the hula is more than just dancing. The movements and gestures performed by dancers are just the surface. Underneath this surface is a cultural system that celebrates creation and procreation, a pantheon of gods and their descendants on earth, mythological and legendary exploits, historical events and places, ancestral beings and cherished relations, and natural manifestations of life forces that nurture and sustain Hawaiian people. Sacredness permeates much hula, and much of the work associated with creating, teaching, and performing hula. Not all students aspire to deep levels of knowledge and understanding. Likewise, not all teachers who offer lessons have achieved insight into the spiritual depths of hula. Prospective students who wish to undertake study of the hula should understand that hula is held by many to be a serious endeavor, and that respect for Hawaiian cultural lifeways is appropriate, and will be appreciated. 2. Prospective students should consider what level of commitment they wish to make The prospective hula student is faced with an array of choices. Classes are available for students who want a casual, relaxed experience that requires no commitment to perform. These classes are typically offered through community recreation centers. Students who aspire to performing on stage should seek out teachers experienced in presenting classes and soloists in public performances; these may range from amateur community exhibitions to professional entertainment venues. Those with a desire to probe more deeply into cultural knowledge must enter the world of hula schools, known as halau. 3. Hlau hula function as a family Becoming a haumana (student) in a halau usually requires a serious commitment. This is because halau run on cooperation. Haumana depend on each other to ensure success in all endeavors. Haumana consider each other as "hula sisters" and "hula brothers." Haumana learn quickly that those who do not pull their own weight are not to be entrusted with responsibility. 4. Not all knowledge is contained in only one school This is a famous proverb. It is also a fundamental truth. Different schools of hula stem from different lineages of teachers and teachings, and teachers bring their own individual creativity to their teaching and to their original choreography. This is why there are so many divergent styles of hula. And the beauty of it is that there is no one way to be right; rather, there are many ways to be right. Unfortunately, it also means that there are many ways to be wrong, too. Aohe Pau ka Ike i ka Hlau HookahiAll Knowledge Is Not Taught In A Single School - One can learn from many different sources -

~~~~~~~~ Hlau N Pua O Uluhaimlama ~~~~~~~~ So You Want to Study Hula?5. Not all teachers of hula have achieved comparable mastery of hula Hula teachers in the present are referred to using the title "kumu hula". This wasn't always the case, however. In .the old days, a kumu hula was an individual who had undergone extensive training that culminated in an niki graduation ceremony. Nowadays, anyone who teaches classes may call himself or herself a kumu hula. And anyone who directs a halau tends to be automatically called a kumu hula, regardless of whether or not the teacher considers himself or herself to be a kumu hula. 6. A kumu hula is a foundation for hula The term "kumu" means "source" or "foundation". Thus, a kumu hula is, by definition, a source or foundation for hula. This is why the title was closely guarded in the old days, and reserved for those who had mastered an understanding of how hula needed to be carefully maintained, presented, and passed on from one generation to the next. Delving deep into hula is a humbling experience. The more knowledge and experience one acquires, the more one comes to realize how much there is to know, and how little of that one can ever learn. Deep study instills humility (haahaa). The most respected kumu hula are also the most humble. They are the ones, too, who respect their peers, and they teach their students to respect the efforts of other kumu hula, other halau, and other haumana. 7. Deep knowledge is reserved for those who have earned it Teachers cherish what they have learned from their teachers. They hold their knowledge close, because it is special. It is shared when students are ready and receptive. This is why an niki ceremony is an ultimate achievement. The student has earned the teacher's trust. The teacher trusts that the student will care for what has been taught. The teacher trusts that the student can discern what is appropriate and what is inappropriate. The teacher trusts that the student understands why things are done they way they are. The teacher knows that his or her teacher's teachings will continue. So the teacher sends the student off on their own. They are free to create. What they must never do is disrespect the teaching, or betray the teacher's trust. 8. E nn ka maka; e hoolohe ka pepeiao; e paa ka waha; e hana ka lima Watch; listen; keep the mouth closed and the hands busy. One learns by listening and observing. Ask questions only after you've tried to figure out something yourself. 9. Hula is to be enjoyed There is deep satisfaction to be derived from bringing joy to oneself or someone else through hula. May your journey to hula be a fulfilling one.

Aohe Pau ka Ike i ka Hlau HookahiAll Knowledge Is Not Taught In A Single School - One can learn from many different sources -

~~~~~~~~ Hlau N Pua O Uluhaimlama ~~~~~~~~

REGISTRATION FEE, ONGOING INSTRUCTION:FOR NEW & RETURNING STUDENTS..$25.00(Including students who have been inactive for more than one month and current Lanakila Residents)

HULA PAYMENTS, ONGOING INSTRUCTION :SINGLE PLAN/per month: One (1) Person (or student) . $10.00Current Lanakila Community Member or Resident.. FREE ***************************************************************************************************************

All hula fees should be paid by the first week of each month. Please make checks payable to:

Hlau N Pua O UluhaimlamaAll payments should be put in an envelope with the students name written on it.

CLASS SCHEDULE:Boys and Girls Ages 5 to 12 Saturdays 10 am - 12 noon Young Men & Women Ages 13 and up Thursdays 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm Ladies & Gentlemen Ages 45 and up Wednesdays 7:00 - 9:00 pm

Aohe Pau ka Ike i ka Hlau HookahiAll Knowledge Is Not Taught In A Single School - One can learn from many different sources -

~~~~~~~~ Hlau N Pua O Uluhaimlama ~~~~~~~~ CLASS SCHEDULESPakahi, 6:30 - 8:30pm PAPA KANI KAPILA Jam Session with Hlau Ohana. Open to all who love music and open to learn. Bring own instruments (uke, guitar, bass, piano)

Palua, All Day Pakolu, 6:30 - 9:00pm

NO HULA CLASSES (Boy Scout Meeting)

PAPA PUA KENIKENI Beginner - Intermediate Instruction for Gracious Ladies in Hula Auana, and some Kahiko

Paha, 6:30 8:30pm

PAPA PUA KALAUNU Intermediate-Advanced Instruction in Hula Kahiko & Hula Auana

Palima, 7:00-8:00pm

KMC (Kilauea Military Camp in Volcano) Hula Show Selected Show Dancers perform @ Crater Rim Cafe

Paono, 10:00-12noon

PAPA PUA LIKO LEHUA Beginner to Advanced Keiki Hula Instruction in Hula Kahiko & Hula Auana

Group Ages: Papa Pua Kenikeni: ? and up Papa Pua Kalaunu: 13 & up Papa Pua Liko Lehua: up to 12 y/o

Aohe Pau ka Ike i ka Hlau HookahiAll Knowledge Is Not Taught In A Single School - One can learn from many different sources -

~~~~~~~~ Hlau N Pua O Uluhaimlama ~~~~~~~~ RULES AND REGULATIONSThis hlau is a school dedicated to mlama and hoonaauao students with Hawaiian language and history through chant and dance. When a student becomes an olapa, he or she learns not to pantomime but to translate the dance through hand motions and feet movements shared with us through generations of hula greats. While learning the hula you will learn to appreciate and use Hawaiian traditions and Hawaiian values including lokahi, wiwo and haahaa. Through this we become a hlau ohana and part of the preservation of the Hawaiian Culture. HULA P must be worn during all practices ALL STUDENTS ARE REQUIRED TO LOOK WELL GROOMED - Hair neatly combed & tied in a ponytail or bun. (up & away from face) - Wear t-shirt or tank top with shorts or sweat pants. (no jeans) - Excessive jewelry will not be allowed. (hlau is not responsible for any lost items) - Personal hygiene is very important. - Water bottles are encouraged. - Bring a towel to practice ARRIVE FOR CLASS 15 MINUTES BEFORE CLASS BEGINS - Have your implements with you. - Silence all cell phones. - Run through hula motions while you are waiting. - Bring the Hlau Handbook along with your Hula Binder; keep the Binder neat and organized.

Aohe Pau ka Ike i ka Hlau HookahiAll Knowledge Is Not Taught In A Single School - One can learn from many different sources -

~~~~~~~~ Hlau N Pua O Uluhaimlama ~~~~~~~~ RULES AND REGULATIONSNO ONE MAY ENTER THE HLAU WHILE CLASS IS IN SESSION - You are to wait outside quietly. - I will invite you in when we are ready. - Family and friends are to remain outside until class is finished. UPON ENTRANCE INTO THE HLAU - Footwear to be placed neatly against the wall to avoid blocking the pathway. - A Mele Kahea is required. We will respond with a Mele Komo. - No gum chewing allowed. RESPECT IS OF THE UTMOST IMPORTANCE - No talking is allowed unless you are asked a question. - Treat others the way you expect to be treated