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Family Sunday at the Honolulu Museum of Art with Mālia Helelā

November 17, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Nov 17, 2019
11 am-1 pm

Still & Moving Center will celebrate the Hawaiian season of peace, Makahiki, at the Hawaiian new year at the Honolulu Museum of Art. Kumu Malia will lead her hula halau in a public hula performance followed by a Keiki Hula and storytelling activity. Each month the museum hosts Family Sunday with a different theme relating to a cultural event, art concept, or exhibition. For November, the theme is Makahiki, honoring the god Lono.

Hula Performance

Still & Moving Centerʻs resident hula halau, Na Hula Ola Aloha, will perform a selection of auana (modern) and kahiko (ancient) hulas with participants of all ages.

Keiki Hula activity

Participation in this hula activity is a wonderful introduction to Hawaiian language and culture. Children will learn a true appreciation for nature, go on a story-time adventure, learn basic Hula steps and sing along with Kumu Malia.

We believe that even the littlest keiki can dance hula and have welcomed dancers as young as two weeks old! Caregivers can dance together with their keiki so that everybody learns something! Some hula is performed seated, so keiki can explore hula from the safety of a familiar lap.

Mālia Ko’i’ulaokawaolehua Helelā, Kumu Hula

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 (hula teacher) 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.

As both a kumu hula and lomilomi teacher, Kumu Malia looks to the ‘āina, the land, for grounding and inspiration. She 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 has taught 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 UH Manoa’s EastWest Center, 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.

HMA will provide Parking for Malia, a safe place and snacks/drinks for the performers
As well as an honorarium for this event.



November 17, 2019
11:00 am - 1:00 pm
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