Opening with Tahitian dance
Ancient and modern Hawaiian hula
New Zealand Maori demonstration
Opportunity for guests to try all dances and games
*Explanations of songs, dances, culture, and history are always included along with visiting and taking photos with guests!
*I always provide a professional sound system and narration, and additional dancers, fire performers, live musicians/DJs, and lei greeters/caterers can be provided for any size event ranging from a solo performance to group theatrical show!
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 Hawaii trips and halau training 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 the Pele hula, which I can dance with fire in hand at no additional cost at the client’s request with the understanding it is a sacred dance where the fire is an extension of the hands in telling the story. You can find photos of different types of performances, as well as costume options including conservative costuming available by request by following the social media links at the bottom of the page.