E komo mai
E komo mai (welcome) to our hālau hula (hula school) based in Washington and Nevada!
Under the direction of Kumu Hula Mokihana Melendez
What we learn in hula we apply to life, including our love and respect for others as well as ourselves. We are there for guidance, advice, support and comfort - not only in hula, but also in everyday life. Expression of our innermost feelings is a key factor for us. Hula is an outlet for us to show others how we feel. The most important thing that we have gained through our hula is the understanding that hula will always be there for us, no matter where our lives take us. We may not live in Hawai`i, and some of us are not even ethnically Hawaiian, but what makes us Hawaiian is the aloha that we have in our hearts and minds for the land, the people, the culture and most of all... each other.
The history of our hālau
In August of 1996 with 5 dancers, Ka Lei Mokihana No Ke Akua was born. In August 2015, the hālau evolved to the next level and became Hālau Hula Ka Lei Mokihana I Ka Ua Noe. With the leadership of one of the original alakaʻi and charter member of the hālau, Noelani Ragudos is assisting to lead the hālau to the next level. The keiki, wāhine, and kāne that I teach one day will pass the knowledge to others which will keep the hula alive and perpetuate the Hawaiian culture.
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