Hawai'ian Hula Dance
Facilitated by Lydia Mathi
Saturday, May 1st
A Zoom link will be emailed to registered participants.
This workshop is an introduction to traditional Hawai'ian hula dance. Workshop participants will learn the basic posture and steps of hula, and will then learn simple choreography to a classic Hawai'ian song. As hula dance is intrinsically connected to the indigenous culture of Hawai'i, workshop participants will also learn a bit about Hawai'ian culture and history along the way. Those of all genders who are passionate about learning about other cultures are encouraged to come by!
- A flowy skirt (optional)
Lydia Mathi is a trained hula dancer from the Spirit of Aloha 'Ohana Hula halau (school), under the tutelage of Kumu Alilei Talebian. She has been dancing hula for 15 years and has competed with her halau in the Ho'ike Hawai'i Hula competition in Florida. She is excited to have the opportunity to share the ancient art of hula and the Hawai'ian culture with participants of the Juvenis festival!
This video follows dancer Kayli Ka'iulani Carr and her kumu (teacher) Ke'ano Ka'upu as she competes in the Merrie Monarch Festival, the biggest and most prestigious hula competition in the world:
Fun fact: hula actually originated as a martial arts, and was only available to men! Men continue to dance and compete in it to this day. Those who do not identify as women are just as welcome to dance as those who do!
Here are two great examples of kane (men) dances from the Merrie Monarch competition, one in the ancient style and one in the modern style:
And a bonus video from our keiki (children)! Here's dancer Hunnay performing the cutest hula dance on Melissa McCarthy's Little Big Shots: