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HULA AS A TRADITIONAL PRACTICE
THE FOUNDATION OF ISLAND ARTS & NA MAILE O PUAULU Classes are guided by Lane County's only formally ordained and traditionally trained Hula teacher, Kumu Iwalani. Kumu Iwalani is the second-generation student of Kahuna Emma deFries. In following strict cultural protocols, adherence to tradition, and rigorous training in the Hula--Kumu Iwalani graduated frontline and was inducted through formal ceremony on Hawai'i Island through Aunty Emma's only officially recognized protege, world-renowned Hula teacher, composer of many beloved Hawaiian songs, and first-generation student, Loea Kawaikapuokalani Hewett. This is our Hula Lineage.
PHILOSOPHY Kumu Iwalani's philosophy and style of Hula stems from this powerful cultural lineage and brings it to the teachings in the school she founded in Lane County known as Island Arts. Her teacher, Loea Kawaikapuokalani Hewett, blessed her school to be recognized as, Na Maile O Pua'ulu. Kumu Iwalani, and Island Arts/Na Maile O Puaulu welcome students who have the desire, an open mind, and most importantly, a humble heart to commit to the serious study of and respect for the protocols, and traditions of Hula.
THE POWER OF A LINEAGE DISTINGUISHES THE HULA TRADITIONS OF ISLAND ARTS & NA MAILE O PUAULU Not all students are looking for a traditional school, however. Many join groups (in hula, or other) for many different reasons such as exercise, social club, something fun to do on an otherwise boring night, or to have a singing, and dancing potluck with friends. These are not formal schools of Hula.
For serious students in search of traditional training, a cultural lineage becomes a very important aspect when looking for a school. Not all schools/teachers can claim to have a lineage, even though the one teaching the Hula are often referred to as a "kumu" (literal translation: teacher) in a classroom setting. Please know that there is a vast difference between the revered title of "Kumu" (cultural and spiritual translation: source or foundation) and referring to someone as a "kumu" (in the literal English translation) when it comes to Hula. It can get really confusing, and very tricky for those who are not familiar with hula protocol, who are not immersed in the tradition of hula, and for those who simply lack the understanding. Just remember that the cultural/spiritual Kumu is a title that elders of the old ways in the Hula tradition bestow upon an apprentice they deem is ready to take on the great responsibility in the community. It is never a title given to oneself, whether one decides to teach Hula or not.
What's the difference? It's the lineage, pure and simple...and the ability to prove this lineage when challenged. A pure lineage stems from ONE bloodline or ONE tradition, and not from taking one class, or workshop here and there--from this teacher, and that.
Island Arts, Na Maile O Puaulu, and Pacific Northwest Hula Academy open its doors for those who have a deep respect for culture, maintain selfless practice of true Aloha, and a willingness to immerse themselves in these values through humility, hard work, and commitment. Island Arts focuses primarily on education, healing, and empowerment. At Island Arts, you won't find flashy costuming, engagement in competition of any sort, we're not a social gossip club, nor do we engage in any popularity contest. Whether we dance, chant, or engage in any activity in the name of Hula, we understand and realize our cultural responsibility to the 'aina (land/nature), the kanaka (people), and to our kupuna (elders). At Island Arts, we connect, identify and immerse ourselves fully in Hula, pure and simple.
THE MISSION OF ISLAND ARTS & NA MAILE O PUAULU Our mission is to preserve the knowledge passed down to Kumu Iwalani in our lineage, to continue to expand our community of dedicated Hula students who understand the responsiblity, to cultivate awareness and respect for indigenous practices, and nurture true Aloha for the lineage of the tradition that has been entrusted in our care.
ISLAND ARTS & NA MAILE O PUAULU: THE PRACTICE OF LIVING PONO, LIVING ALOHA Kumu Iwalani has studied movement traditions from Asia, Polynesia, and Latin America. She is also a certified yoga instructor, zen meditation guide, mindfulness practitioner, as well as recording artist, and musician. She connects all of these internal strengthening, and healing modalities with those who study with her in the practice of Island Arts Hula and Na Maile O Puaulu. Whether we perform or practice dance, chant, or engage in any activity in the name of Hula, we understand and realize our cultural responsibility to the 'aina, our kupuna and to kanaka. At the center of all these traditional practices is our core philosophy of "Living Pono, Living Aloha."
THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS "THE BEST SCHOOL" "A'ohe pau ka 'ike i ka halau ho'okahi." There is no such thing as one school better than another. It all depends on who YOU are as a person. You will resonate with a practice, community, and school that truly reflects your own inner character, personality, and goals. The path we need to be on will reveal itself to us. May we all have the sensitivity and discretion to recognize it.
We invite you to take a look at our website. If you feel that we are a good fit for what you seek, please contact us to request an interview.
THE MUSIC OF SWEET ALOHA
Great big *mahalo* to our global 'ohana for supporting one of "da sweetest kine" music in the world from our very own Sweet Aloha music family! Album downloads and new listeners everyday in Europe, Asia, South America, Oceania & North America.
Music for happiness, music for healing, music for all seasons!
Our deepest gratitude to YOU for appreciating music that is "pure Spirit...all Heart!"
Island Arts & Kumu Iwalani featured on OHA Publication "Ka Wai Ola"
"We receive Blessings in all ways. May we BE the Blessing ALWAYS."--Kumu Iwalani ---------------------------------- HAVE YOU SEEN ONE OF OUR RECENT PERFORMANCES...and wondered where you can get the music you heard? Click on this link for music samples to preview and purchase:
Island Arts welcomes those who simply wish to learn hula, and also has opportunities for those interested in being part of our cultural presentations in and outside of our community. For information regarding auditions for our performance team, please contact us for an interview.
ISLAND ARTS: Source for Hula Traditions (serving Pacific Northwest communities since 1999)