Preserving the legacy of Kawaikapuokalani Hewett, San Diego Hula Academy is a hula hālau committed to preserving tradition and culture through hula, 'oli, 'ori tahiti, 'ukulele for future generations. All students are welcome to join us for a complimentary class before registering. We look forward to meeting you!
Daily Classes/ Events
PAPA LIKO LEHUA - KEIKI HULA (Ages 3-6)
For all children (boys and girls), this class is a structured introduction to hula that young children can enjoy. Basic steps, choreography, mele, 'olelo Hawai'i and mo'o'olelo will be included in class time.
Classes include basic steps, drills and choreography.
VAHINE TAHITIAN (13 years +)
For women ages 13 years and up. Open to all levels of proficiency. Classes include basic steps, drills and choreography in 'aparima and 'ote'a.
'Ukulele 1 is an introductory class assuming no prior instruction. Geared for all ages, students will learn 'ukulele basics - including tuning, caring for and holding the instrument. All students will learn strums and chords, sight reading and music theory. Loaner instruments are available.
For those students with a few chords under their belts, 'Ukulele 2 is the perfect intermediate class for students progressing to challenge themselves with next level chords, picking, strumming and songs.
'Ukulele 3 is an advanced class for those who are comfortable with sight reading music and have a base understanding of chords and strums. This class stimulates students to explore bar chords, chord "shapes", chuck rhythms, island strums, 4 finger picking and transposing songs into other keys.
PAPA KUPUKUPU (KAIKAMAHINE HULA 5-12 years)
For female dancers aged 5-12 pm - open to all dance levels. This class focuses on hula protocol, basic steps, choreography in hula kahiko and 'auana, 'olelo Hawai'i and mo'o'olelo.
For all dancers aged 7 and up. This class is appropriate for all levels of proficiency. Students will focus on introduction to hula protocol, 'oli, and basic technique. All classes focus on building a solid foundation in traditional hula foot and hand placement, grace and timing. All students will begin to develop an understanding of Hawaiian cultural traditions and practices.
PAPA LEHUA 'ULA - WAHINE/MAKUA HULA (13 years +
For female dancers (aged 13 and up) by invitation only. Classes include basic steps, choreography, 'oli, 'olelo Hawai'i, mo'o'olelo, and hana no'eau.
SERVICES/CLASSES WE PROVIDE
Mixed Polynesian studio
Polynesian service business
Performance for hire
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