The International Waikiki Hula Conference offers the rare opportunity to come to Hawaii to learn, share and experience hula in the land of its birth, with a variety of respected hula masters, many of whom do not travel outside Hawaii to teach. For our local hula people, it is the chance to enrich their hula experience from many sources in one place, and to meet fellow dancers and kumu hula from around the world.
Workshops cover all types of hula, from ancient to modern, and also encompass hula-related arts such as lei and implement making, hula songs and ukulele playing, chanting, Hawaiian language pronunciation and fine aspects of hula dancing itself, such as posture, basic footwork and use of hands. A wide variety of hula traditions are represented and taught. In designated "Ho`ike" workshops, conferees learn a hula they can dance that night in a hula show presented by their workshop kumu and halau, at public stages throughout Waikiki.
Seminars feature special presentations by hula masters and cultural experts, thought-provokong panel discussions, and may encompass hula history, costume, protocol, music, etc. There is something to excite all participants, from beginners to advanced hula dancers.
A non-profit project of the Waikiki Improvement Association