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2018 Events

SEPTEMBER

FREE Community Hula Workshop ~ September 8

Mahalo nui loa to all those who attended the Community Hula Workshop. Our halau wanted to offer an experience to our community that could help uplift us, particularly from the ongoing impact of wildfire smoke that we have experienced throughout the summer months. It was a delight and honor to share hula and oli, and so inspiring to see everyone in the flow and dancing together!

 

AUGUST

Island Night, An Aloha State of Mind ~ August 25

Despite being rescheduled from July due to severe wildfire smoke, we had a fun summer afternoon of hula and live Hawaiian music with Ha'ena this year - our third annual “Island Night: An Aloha State of Mind,” sponsored by City of Ashland Parks and Rec at Daniel Meyer Pool. As in years past, it was such an inspiration to see everyone dancing together during the community hula workshop and to share lei-making with our keiki. We were blessed with clear skies, a pleasant breeze, and clean air. Mahalo to all who came out to be with us!

 

JULY

4th of July Parade, Ashland

It had been three years since we danced hula down the streets of downtown Ashland for the 4th of July parade. This year we danced hula to Logo Te Pate - a fun and infectious song from the movie Moana. We not only had our lovely wahine and precious keiki... we also had our first ever horses and pa'u riders accompanying us! Congratulations to our haumana for our 2nd Place award in the Not-for-Profit category!

 

JUNE

Ka 'Aha Hula O Halauaola ~ June 14 - 23, Hilo, Hawai'i

We were so honored to participate in the 5th and last Ka 'Aha Hula 'O Halauaola (World Hula Conference), a 10-day gathering of Hula and Oli masters, practitioners, and enthusiasts in Hilo, Hawai'i. Some of our haumana had the rare opportunity to participate in the Opening Ceremony, which was profound and transformative. Our ten haumana who attended the conference also got to enjoy workshops, presentations, and huaka'i to sacred and historic sites around Hawai'i Island. It was a once in a lifetime opportunity for which we are all so grateful!


MAY

Mother's Day Hawaiian Lu'au, ~ May 13, Plaisance Ranch, Williams, OR

Mahalo nui loa to everyone who came out to join us at beautiful Plaisance Ranch vineyard for our Mother's Day Lu'au. What a lovely spring day out in the country of Williams, Oregon! It was a delight to have such a good turnout and to be embraced by the enthusisam and appreciateion of all who attended.

We appreciate your support in helping our fundraiser be a success! Your donations helped raise money to cover costs for our haumana who will be participating in Ka 'Aha Hula O Halauaola, the World Conference on Hula, to take place in June in Hilo, Hawai'i.

Halau Ho'ike & Pa'ina ~ May 29, Grizzly Peak Winery, Ashland

We typically have a big ho'ike and fundraiser each year to share our aloha and hula with the community. Last year, we held our first ever Ashland Aloha Festival and hope to put on another event of this kind next year in 2019, perhaps in collaboration with other halau.

We didn't host a ho’ike event for the general public this year. Instead, we had an informal ho’ike for friends and 'ohana for us to share what we worked on and the cultural/hula knowledge we gained throughout the year.


FEBRUARY

Winter Hula & Hawaiian Culture Retreat with Walt Keale & Kumu Andrea
February 4 - 8 ~ Greensprings, OR


GreenspringsWe were blessed to have our dear friend Keale, musician and kahu from O'ahu, come back to co-facilitate an intimate, educational, and inspiring retreat in the Greensprings, sharing his cultural knowledge, infectious laughter, and uplifting music with us.

We expanded on last year’s theme as we continued to explore our conversation of how land and elements can strengthen our sense of place, our feeling of belonging, and our way of navigating through life. The chants and hulas we learned brought particular focus to the element of support offered by Ancestors/Na Aumakua and the root of hula through the Pele & Hi’iaka mo’olelo (story). Classes included oli (chant), hula noho using ipu heke ‘ole and ipu heke, hula 'auana , and mo’olelo (“talk story” lesson).

It is truly a gift when we can come together as a community of hula enthusiasts and practitioners to deepen our knowledge, insight, and understanding of how the wisdom offered through Hawaiian cultural perspectives can find relevance in our own lives, as we each endeavor to discover what it is to walk a pono path.