Hawaiian Hula Dancing


"Hula is the language of the heart."  King David Kalakaua, Hawaii 1874-1891
Hula is the heartbeat of the Hawaiian people, and hula dancers are the keepers of the Aloha Spirit. Through the dance and hand motions, hula tells a story of history, nature, and love. In this class, you will learn the two types of hula – ancient hula (Kahiko), danced to a drum beat and chants, and modern hula (‘Auana), which is accompanied by modern songs and musical instruments. The class will cover the basic steps as well as the Hawaiian culture, language, history, and stories behind each dance. Dancers are encouraged, but not required, to bring a hula practice skirt, pareo or sarong (e.g. tie-on, wrap around skirt of scarf) and be prepared to dance barefoot. No dance experience is needed, only the Aloha Spirit!



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  • 5 Weeks
  • Tuesday evenings
  • July 24th-August 21st
  • 6:30-8:00 PM
  • Gilruth Center, Zen Den (Studio 2)



  • $50 Early Registration (thru July 20th)
  • $60 Late Registration (July 21st-24th)


About the Instructor:

Jo ‘Alohilani Aiken has been dancing hula since the age of 4 and has received formal training from several kumu hula masters in Hawai’i and Texas. Recently retired from the competitive scene, she has danced professionally for over 20 years competing, performing, and teaching across the US, from Hawai’i to New York, to Canada, the UK, and throughout Europe. She is fluent in Hawaiian and is excited to share her native Hawaiian culture with Starport!