E pūlama nā liko - Treasure the youth
A wonderful opportunity for dancers of all levels to experience Hula and Polynesian Dance is available, with the establishment of 'Alohi Polynesian Dance Academy for the Performing Arts, in Waimea. Classes are offered for both wāhine and kāne dancers, from keiki as young as three, to tūtū 65 and older, in a convenient location off the Mamalahoa Highway.
The Academy's curriculum is grounded in the learning of fundamental dance steps in three Polynesian dance disciplines: Hula, Tahitian and Maori. Beginners and "Hula Le'a" (recreational) classes offer a good workout and a fun cultural experience, while more structured and rigorous Intermediate and Advanced classes help students improve and move forward. Dancers who qualify for the Performing Troupe receive specialized and intensive training, to take their talents to the next level.
In addition to dance, we offer 'Ukulele lessons and other activities and workshops throughout the year. A small retail area offers Polynesian arts and crafts, Academy logo wear and gifts. Led by founder/director Kumu Hula Lani Isaacs, a lifelong dancer, teacher and choreographer, the 'Alohi Polynesian Dance Academy is unique in its wide variety of programs, open to all.
"No matter who you are - if you are just curious about hula or want to connect with the culture; if you're one of our kūpuna who danced when you were young; if you have children you'd like to expose to hula; or, if you're an experienced dancer looking for a performing troupe - our new school is a place you can come to and feel welcome," said Kumu Lani.
The 'Alohi Polynesia - Gifts of Aloha gift boutique is now open (inside the studio) from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday's, Wednesday's and Thursday's; also available on our website. Check out our line of unique, culturally themed gifts - hand-made by our students and families. You can shop right here!
The Academy is located just off Mamalahoa Highway (Hwy 19), across from Kamuela Wine Market (the last right turn before the lane ends, eastbound towards Hamakua); next to NAPA Auto. Class sessions run in Spring, Summer and Fall. See our Calendar for more information. Classes range in price from complimentary (for tutu 65 and up) to $60/month. The Academy offers one free introductory class (call to sign up). To register or for additional information please call 808-731-6723, or email: contactAlohiPDA@gmail.com.
64-1013 Mamalahoa Hwy
Building 3, Bay 1
Kamuela, Hawai'i 96743
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 716
Kamuela, HI 96743
Tuition Range: $35 - $60/month