Tahitian dance (all shows): Polynesians arrived in Tahiti prior to Hawaii and gifted Hawaii with one of the sacred drums. Dances include drum dances like otea with grass skirts as the costume and aparima which is closer to hula.
Hawaiian hula (all shows): Hula uses the hands and body to tell the genealogies and history of the Hawaiians through chants and songs with more conservative costumes reflecting European influence. Kahiko and auana routines are passed down through generations just as my kumu has shared with me.
New Zealand Maori dance (some shows): Aotearoa was the last of the Polynesian islands to be settled, and dances include the haka war dance, poi ball dance, and action songs telling of how some of my Polynesian ancestors arrived and their warrior qualities.
Samoan dance and fire (some shows): Upbeat dances with body slapping and fire knife and stunts demonstrating bravery are characteristic of Samoa.
*Explanations of songs, dances, culture, and history are always included in the performances as well as dance lessons and photo opportunities, and packages with varying number of performers are available to fit most budgets.
What is traditional training at a halau? / What makes you different from other companies?
A Halau Hula is a hula school led by a Kumu Hula or master hula teacher who carries a hula lineage which is passed on to her students. This means that while the text for the oli (chant) or mele (song) remains the same, Hawaiians will be able to tell which halau and kumu a hula dancer has studied with in the traditions and style of her dancing. The dancer learns culture, history, language for chanting and singing, dancing, accompaniment with percussion and stringed instruments, and costume making. This training goes beyond what is taught in a studio or university. My intention is to perpetuate the traditions of my halau and Hawaiian culture while entertaining and educating audiences. You can find photos from my halau training and Hawaii trips by following the social media links at the bottom of the page.
Where does your music come from? / Do all shows include fire dancing?
Not only is choreography passed down to the hula dancer, but she is also given permission to use the accompaniment of her kumu and other dancers from her halau in her own performances. This means the copyrights belong to the kumu, and the audience can enjoy a unique performance. I bring this recorded music along with a professional sound system, and a musician for some numbers can be added at the client's request depending on budget or simply a number including live drumming by me at no additional cost. Since fire in luau shows comes from the tradition of Samoan fire knife dancing, male fire performers can be added at the client's request at a rate to include liability insurance for the most authentic and exciting performance possible of pulsating drum music and large fire props. One exception is specific hula and Tahitian numbers, which I can dance with fire in hand at no additional cost. You can find photos of different types of performances and costume options including conservative costuming available by request by following the social media links at the bottom of the page.