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3 Day Hula “Fundamentals” Experience with kumu hula, Malia Helela

For hula teachers interested in mentoring, this program will develop connections to the roots and foundations of hula.

Kumu hula, Malia’s guidance will encourage full immersion in the cultural background, techniques, inspiration and foundations of the much-admired Hawaiian Hula.  A true cultural experience of Hawaiian hula. 

The retreat will be led in the following languages:
English and Japanese


Create a true connection with the land through Hawaii’s art and beauty.

 Over 3 full days, experience the many components that make up the revered Hawaiian hula:
Hula, oli, language, ceremony, lei making, culture lessons and site visits make up this immersive experience.

Throughout the intensive, kumu Malia will assess with students their suitability and interest in enrolment for the 2 year mentorship. All applicants will be required to send a motivational letter explaining their experience of hula and interest in the program.

Kumu hula, Malia Helela’s, 2 year Mentorship program:
A platform to deeper training, the 3 day intensive is the basis of a 2 year mentorship program:
Starting in the fall of 2019, kumu hula, Malia Helela’s 2 year mentorship program will occur twice a year, in the Fall and the Spring – usually, late March and September, near the equinoxes. In addition to deeper training in hula and Hawaiian culture, kumu Malia will help mentorees discover or provide insight into deeper meanings of Hawaiian names for themselves and their schools. 

Thursday, May 16, 2019
Session 1 - Morning lesson with hula choreography
Session 2 - Afternoon lesson with hula choreography

Friday, May 17, 2019
Session 3 - Morning lesson with lei making
Public hula lessons

Saturday, May 18, 2019
Session 4 - Morning site visit
Session 5 - Afternoon lesson with video documentation, photos and closing ceremony

About Malia:
Kumu Malia Ko’i’ulaokawaolehua Helela strives to live a life of grace. She began her formal training in lomilomi as a teenager. She was licensed by the State of Hawaii as a massage therapist in 1998 and as an esthetician in 2002. Her hula practice and lomilomi practice, she says, are the same. Her hula halau, which meets at Still & Moving Center, is Na Hula Ola Aloha. Completing her ‘uniki under Kumu Hula Pulu’elo Park in 2002, Kumu Malia now teaches hula and oli to a wide range of students, from infants and toddlers to kupuna. Malia studied oli (traditional Hawaiian chant) under Kumu Hula John Keola Lake. She continues to look to the beauty and grace of the Hawaiian environment for grounding and inspiration.

Hula Fundamentals 3 day Intensive
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Sign up now for your Complete Experience:

  • 16 hours training with Malia Helela, in our world class Still & Moving Center facility
  • 3 days/4 nights in stunning Honolulu, Hawaii

  • 4 nights – 4-star shared accommodation (double) at the prestigious Ala Moana Hotel, Honolulu

  • 2 healthy meals per day- fresh, healthy, delicious meals to power you through your training

  • 1 sunrise Ocean cleanse

  • Access to 3 movement classes to augment your experience of Aloha (yoga, dance, martial arts and more)

Full price: $1790
Early Bird price: $1590 until Apr 16, 2018

Max 20 participants     
Single room option: additional $100/night