Hula Classes are offered by donation to Na Wai Iwi Ola Foundation:
Class Donation Policy:
Na Wai Iwi Ola is a 501(c) (3) non profit organization. Classes are conducted on a donation basis and the donations go to further Na Wai Iwi Ola's mission to perpetuate the Hawaiian culture and practices through hula protocol and ceremonies and the use and study of the Hawaiian language. Class participants are asked to consider carefully the cultural, language, and hula protocol knowledge as well as personal growth that is gained while participating in classes with Kumu Keala. Students are requested to either pledge a donation of $60 per month or donate $15 per class to attend. Donations are accepted on line via PayPal (donate button on home page), at all classes or may be mailed to Na Wai Iwi Ola, PO Box 3647, Kailua-Kona, HI, 96745.
Please note: No video recording is permitted at any class without permission from Kumu Keala.
Hawaiian Culture & Hula (Beginners) - Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa, Chapel Gardens at Keauhou Bay
Mondays 4:00 - 5:30 pm
Hawaiian culture, chant and dance focusing on hula basics. All levels welcome!
Hawaiian Language (Beginners) - Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa, Aloha Center (near the front lobby)
Mondays 6:00 - 7:30 pm
Hawaiian language for beginners
Na Wai Puna o Kona/Kupuna - Kaniohale Community Center
Tuesdays 9:30 am - 1:30 pm
Gathering of Kupuna (Elders) willing to learn and share stories of the Hawaiian culture and traditions in modern day. An integrated class fit for all elders of our community, gain an understanding of the Hawaiian language shared through chants, songs and storytelling. Enjoy playing ‘ukulele and sing songs of old Hawai’i. Dance “Hula 'Auana” modern style of hula. For more information about Na Wai Puna o Kona, please click here.
Attendance by invitation from Kumu Keala or an attending Kupuna.
Keiki Hula (Beginning and Advanced) Hula for Children - Kaniohale Community Center
Tuesdays 3:30-4:15 pm Beginner students
Tuesdays 4:15-5:15 pm Advanced students
Basic hula movement, chanting and motions fit for a hula beginner as they gain an understanding of basic beats and tempos. Ipu is a must to join Keiki Hula, please bring an ipu. Each keiki must come prepared with a red pa’u skirt, a Na Wai Iwi Ola T-shirt, bottle of water and a welcome mat rug. Potluck snacks are encouraged.
Hula Kahiko/Auana (Advanced) Kaniohale Community Center
Tuesdays 5:30-8 pm
Ancient and modern style of hula associated with the history and traditions of Hawai’i as a method of storytelling. Gain a deeper understanding of hula steps and hula movement explored through storytelling focusing on the art of Hula. Learn traditional chants, further your knowledge with traditional steps, and develop a better understanding of hula history and traditions. Attendance by invitation from Kumu Keala.
Keiki Kane Hula (Advanced male students) West Hawaii Civic Center Gazebo
Wednesdays 4:00 - 5:00 pm
Basic hula movement, chanting and motions to gain a better understanding of the culture of Hula. Each keiki must come prepared with a Na Wai Iwi Ola T-shirt and bottle of water.
Hawaiian Language - Not recommended for beginners - West Hawaii Civic Center
Wednesdays 6:00 - 7:30 pm