Pre White Belt: Hawaiian Waterfall, Hula & Lei Making Outing
September 23 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Pre Nia White Belt Event.
If you have ever dreamed of bathing in a mountain pool under a cascading waterfall in Hawai’i, here is your opportunity! Imagine yourself coming upon a beautiful waterfall and mountain pool as you walk through a lush valley. Add the joy of learning a hula dance and making a beautiful lei of native plant materials…what a day!
Experience a uniquely Hawaiian perspective to visiting sacred spaces with native Hawaiian practitioner Malia Helela, who is also a Nia Blue Belt. Learn hula and flower lei making at beautiful Waimea Valley on O’ahu’s North Shore! Learn to appreciate aspects of nature that you might never notice on your own. See Hawaii with new eyes.
“Ask permission and give thanks – that was the Hawaiian protocol that extended into every aspect of life in nature.” – Nana Veary
The day begins with making our first lei with a native ti leaf. We offer this lei at a Hawaiian place of worship, Hale o Lono Heiau, asking permission to enter the valley. A sense of welcome arises from creating a personal relationship with a place. Carry that perspective forward in your life.
A lei symbolizes life, with beautiful memories and loved ones strung together like flowers in a lei. Weaving our way through Waimea Valley, a traditional home of priests in ancient times, we honor our role as the string that holds the beautiful moments of our lives together. At the boundary between common and priestly land, Malia will offer a chant in Hawaiian to state our peaceful intentions.
On the Great Lawn, we will settle in for a morning of instruction. As an experienced and encouraging kumu hula (hula teacher), Malia will teach even people with two left feet to dance with confidence and grace. You will dance holding the lei kui (lei of flowers) that you strung with your own hands.
As part of our closing ceremony, we will gather in the face of Waimea Falls to weave a single lei hipu’u as an offering of our thanks. Any interested person is welcome to join Kumu Malia in swimming the lei out to the waterfall. Safety is assured with the presence of City & County Lifeguards.
Activities include lei making, hula lesson, lecture, ¾ mile walk to Waimea Falls, gift and closing ceremony. After the workshop, participants are welcome to keep their flower lei or release them into the ocean.
Be sure to also catch Kumu Malia’s Equinox Ocean Clensing at Sunrise Event!