About Us

Ka Pi'o O Ke Ānuenue of Ashland Oregon

Ka Pio O Ke Ānuenue is a hula halau whose mission is to perpetuate the Hawaiian culture through the tradition of hula. Ka Pio O Ke Ānuenue, "the arch of the rainbow", represents the bridging of cultures and time, honoring tradition while moving forward with hula as a living art form that evolves and grows as we do.

Hula Classes with Ka Pi'o O Ke Ānuenue

Hula dance classes for women, men, and keiki (kids) are offered with the spirit of aloha in an engaging and supportive atmosphere. Technique is taught in a progressive manner with an appreciation for the cultural values of Hawai’i.  In learning both kahiko (ancient), ‘auana (modern) hulas and oli (chant), students learn about the history, legends, spirituality, language, and land of Hawai’i. Beginning through advanced classes are offered for women and men of all ages. Keiki classes are open to kids ages 5 and older. 

Events, Hula Performances & Awards

Students in all classes are encouraged to participate in our seasonal Hula Ho’ike (performances), held at various venues in Ashland. Halau Hula Ka Pio O Ke Ānuenue also dances in Ashland's 4th of July parade (1st place awards in 2015, 2013, 2010 and 2009; 2nd place award in 2011) and other City of Ashland events including Island Night: An Aloha State of Mind, Ashland World Music Festival, and the Festival of Lights; Interfaith Thanksgiving Services; and at other community or private events by invitation.

We have been honored to perform in Hawai'i at several esteeemed events inlcuding E Mau Ana Ka Hula (The Hula is Perpetuated): A Tribute to King David Kalakaua in Keauhou, Na Mea Hawai’i Hula Kahiko program in Volcanoes National Park, at our own Ho'ike at Makaeo in Kona, as well as at the annual Cultural Festival at Pu'uhonua O Honaunau. In 2016, our halau took the Overall Winner award at the Kupuna Hula Festival and Competition in Keauhou, along with First Place awards in the Solo Kane, Group Kane, and Mixed Kane/Wahine Divisions.

Our halau has danced with many well-known and award-winning or nominated Hawaiian recording artists and bands, including Walt Keale, Stephen Inglis, Da Ukulele Boyz, Hapa, Jeff Peterson, Nathan Aweau, the late and legendary ‘ukulele player Bill Tapia, singers Jerry Santos and Mihana Souza, and are often accompanied by local Hawaiian band Ha’ena.  In addition to occasional performances, our halau hosts workshops in other cultural practices. View our Performance Resume or Book an Event. View our upcoming and past Events.

Aloha

Integral to the process of learning and sharing hula is an emphasis on cultivating the following qualities of aloha:

A – akahai – kindness to be expressed with tenderness
L – lokahi – unity to be expressed with harmony
O – 'olu 'olu – agreeable to be expressed with pleasantness
H – ha’aha’a – humility to be expressed with modesty
A – ahonui – patience to be expressed with perseverance

(as written by Hawai'i's treasured kupuna, Auntie Pilahi Paki)