3 Day Hula “Appreciation” Experience with Kumu Hula, Mālia Helelā
March 14 @ 9:00 am - March 16 @ 5:00 pm
In English and Japanese
Thursday, March 14 – Saturday, March 16
9 am-5 pm
Whether you are a novice or an established dancer, Kumu Malia’s guidance will encourage full immersion in the cultural background, techniques, inspiration and foundations of the much-admired Hawaiian hula. Create a true connection with the heart of aloha and the land of Hawaii through its unique traditional dance. No prior hula experience necessary.
Minimum 5 participants
For all-inclusive retreat options, including accommodations and meals, please go to: www.hoaheleretreats.com
Create a true connection with the land through Hawaii’s art and beauty. Over 3 full days, experience the many components that make up the revered Hawaiian hula: Hula, oli, language, ceremony, lei making, culture lessons and site visits make up this immersive experience.
Session 1 – Morning lesson
Session 2 – Afternoon lesson
Session 3 – Morning lesson with lei making
Join public hula lessons
Session 4 – Morning site visit and lesson
Session 5 – Afternoon lesson with video documentation, photos and closing ceremony
Mālia Ko’i’ulaokawaolehua Helelā
Kumu Mālia is beloved by students around the globe for her kind heart and loving style of teaching, not to mention her deep knowledge, beautiful voice and exquisite dancing. She is a traditionally graduated kumu hula and lomilomi practitioner/trainer, as well as a cultural consultant for Still & Moving Center.
Malia Helela completed her hula ʻuniki (graduation) under Kumu Hula Puluʻelo Park in 2002, and studied oli (traditional Hawaiian chant) under Kumu Hula Keola Lake. Malia has been teaching both practices ever since to a wide range of students, from infants to kupuna, and leading her halau (school), Nā Hula Ola Aloha. Kumu Malia has personally taught thousands of hula students in Hawaii. Additionally, the many Japanese hula teachers whom she has trained over the years teach hundreds of their own students in Japan using the style, method and philosophy of Kumu Malia’s hula lineage.
Kumu Malia considers her hula practice and lomilomi practice to be two parts of the same whole. From her 20 years of lomi experience, she developed a 128 hour massage training program of her own called Puana Lomilomi, based on the intertwined practices of lomilomi, hula, pule, oli and lei-making.
As a member of Ka Pā o Lonopūhā, Malia participates in the sharing of native Hawaiian healing arts that focus specifically on lomi aʻe and elements of haki kino, laʻau lapaʻau and hoʻoponopono. Malia regularly teaches lomilomi for the Salvation Armyʻs Womenʻs Way program representing their cultural healing classes for women in recovery.
As an ambassador and guest lecturer of Hawaiian culture, Malia has delivered presentations for Leeward Community College, the Hawaii Yoga Institute, Outrigger Reef on the Beach, Mid Pacific Institute, Hawaiʻi Pacific University, Manoa Cottage, Honolulu Theater for Youth, numerous groups of International middle and high school students and Still & Moving Center. Kumu Mālia Helelā is currently researching and writing a trilogy of historic novels centered on the Kawehewehe and Kalia area. As a kumu hula and lomilomi practitioner, she looks to the ‘āina, the land, for grounding and inspiration.