Kailua Dance Classes
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HULA CLASS SCHEDULE
529 Paokano Loop, Enchanted Lake, Kailua
Classes are $30 per month or $10 per class.
Classes are 1.5 hours (Babies 1 hour).
Beginning Adult Hula Class
6:00 pm To 7:00 pm Wednesday evenings
7:00 pm to 7:30 pm Wednesday chanting class
7:30 pm to 9:00 pm Wednesday Intermediate class
Intermediate Adult Hula Class
10:00 am to 11:30 am Wed. mornings (adults)
6:00 pm to 7:30 pm Thursday evenings (teens)
Advanced Hula Class (Invitation Only)
7:30 pm to 9:00 pm Thursday evenings
11:30 am to 1:00 pm Saturday mornings
Babies Hula Class (agers 4 to 7)
9:00 am to 10:00 am Saturday mornings
Children's Hula Class (ages 8 to 12)
10:00 am to 11:30 am Saturday mornings
TAHITIAN CLASS SCHEDULE
All classes are 1.5 hours.
All classes are $30 per month or $10 per class.
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm Mondays
7:30 pm to 9:00 pm Mondays
PRIVATE HULA LESSONS
A private lesson normally lasts 2 hours and is based on the student's needs and interests. Video and audio taping by the student is permitted during the session. Each session is tailored to the students needs and level of ability. A private lesson costs $100 per Session and are only by appointment.
Na Puakea O Koʻolaupoko is a school of Hula. In Hawaiian, we are called a Hālau Hula. Our Kumu Kea is Pattye Kealohalani Wright. She founded Na Puakea O Koʻolaupoko in 1973. We are located in Kailua on the Island of Oʻahu. Known as the "Windward Side," we are nestled beneath the rim of the Koʻolau mountains, just 30 minutes from Waikīkī and Honolulu.
Kumu Kea is a traditional Kumu Hula. This means she carries a hula lineage which is passed on to her students. Her kahiko (traditional style dance) teacher was Aunty Lani Kalama, also of Kailua. Aunty Lani's teacher was the reknowned Lokalia Montgomery known as the "teacher of teachers." Her ʻauana (modern style dance) teacher was Bella Richards of Kailua, Oʻahu. Aunty Bella came from the Hilo tradition of ʻai haʻa style dancing, characterized by a very deep bend of the knees.
Our instruction is very specific and detailed. If you join us and find a difference from the style you have learned before, know that hula may be similar and different at the same time. Unique steps and movements are styles and not matters of right and wrong in the hula world. Always remember that all knowledge is not held in any one Hālau or Hula Tradition.
"Our purpose is to share the true essence of the Hawaiian culture as expressed in the hula. In so doing, I share the tradition and style that has been given to me during my many years of training with Kekauilani Kalama as I was being prepared to receive the 'Uniki Rites as Kumu Hula. It is my intention to share the history, culture and poetry embodied in the song or chant presented so as to enlighten and educate devotees of the hula where ever they may reside." ~ Kumu Kea
Kumu Hula Kumu Kea teaches all Hula classes in Kailua, including modern (hula ‘auana) and ancient (hula kahiko) styles. The Tahitian Classes are taught by Shiori Ka‘imilani Koehler, a hula student working toward Kumu Hula ‘ūniki.
Shiori is also an accomplished Tahitian dancer and has taken over those classes. She is shown in the photo on the left with her sister Marina, a brilliant Tahitian and hula dancer with Sandiiʻs Hula Studio in Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan.
We are located in Kailua on the Island of Oʻahu. Known as the "Windward Side," we are nestled beneath the rim of the Koʻolau mountains, just 30 minutes from Waikīkī and Honolulu. A map to our home and hula studio is posted below.
Pattye's Hula Studio, 529 Paokano Loop, Enchanted Lake, Kailua HI 96734