Kumu Hula Leilani Kaho’āno has been teaching hula since 1985. Her hula journey, as a young kahiko dancer in 1968, began under the direction of the late Hoakalei Kamauʻu. She would continue learning hula with Pearl Keawe, ʻEhulani Lum and Maiki Aiu-Lake. “Aunti Maiki” and other treasured “hulu kupuna” (respected elders) inspired hula with a spiritual essence of “Hula is Life.” Imparting this knowledge lead Kumu Leilani toward a commitment of teaching keiki to kupuna, with a special outreach into the “extraordinary abilities” (hearing, visually and intellectually impaired) communities.
Professional experiences have included: Experience Aloha 10-month U.S. Tour, Snoopy on Ice, 49er Halftime performance, Slack Key Masters National Tour, Celebration of Aloha, Hawaiʻi Stars Extraordinary Abilities, and award-winning Aloha Festivals floats. These experiences lead her to an elevated level of knowledge through the cultural wisdom and intimate relationships of treasured Hawaiian cultural practitioners. She is also a Kumu Hula graduate of Kumu Ed Kalāhiki and Kumu Kaleo Miyasato. Kumu Leilani also works as a professional Neonatal Intensive Care Nurse.
Beginning Thursday, July 9, Beginner and Advanced classes will be offered:
Location: Von Holt Room
Thursdays: July 9, 16, 23, and 30; August 6, 13, 20, and 27
Times: *Gracious Ladies (Ages 60 and older) 5:30 to 6:30 pm
Beginner Papa A’a (Ages 18** and older) 6:30 to 7:30 pm
***Advanced Papa A’a (Ages 18 and older) 7:30 to 8:30 pm
Monthly Tuition: Cathedral Members – Complimentary; all others $30.00
Class Needs: Comfortable clothing, water bottle, binder, paper, pencil/pen
*Gracious Ladies – dancers with “extraordinary abilities” are welcomed
**Must be 18 years or older and have graduated from high school
***Advanced Papa A’a – basic comprehension of hula steps and ability to transition through hula movements with minimal guidance
For additional information, please contact Kumu Leilani at firstname.lastname@example.org or 808-352-0013