October 2, 2022


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Vacation resort expands cultural programming for a behind the scenes glimpse into the entire world of hula

Hālau o Ka Hanu Lehua, less than the route of Kumu Hula Kamaka Kūkona. Personal computer: 4 Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea

Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea invites visitors “Behind the Scenes of Hula” for a sneak peek into the methods of Maui’s Hālau o Ka Hanu Lehua.  Led by Kumu Hula Kamaka Kūkona, the hālau apply presents a one of a kind opportunity to experience this exclusive aspect of Hawaiian tradition.

When typically not available to the public, now attendees, visitors, and people alike can knowledge hula, or what Kūkona phone calls “the lifeline to the culture,” at many venues in Four Seasons each Thursday starting up from 6 to 7p.m., via the stop of the calendar year.

“Aunty Wendy” Tuivaioge

A recent addition to the Resort’s cultural ordeals, Guiding the Scenes of Hula was produced by 4 Seasons Resort Maui Director of Hawaiian Plans and haumāna of Hālau o Ka Hanu Lehua, “Aunty Wendy” Tuivaioge, who is generally on the lookout for revolutionary strategies to share tradition with attendees.

“As the Director of Hawaiian Packages, I follow a protocol that enables me to be as genuine as feasible,” explained Aunty Wendy. “Being a haumāna (pupil of hula), I must get permission from my Kumu Hula (hula teacher) to deliver this aspect of the lifestyle forward to guests—whether via Guiding the Scenes of Hula or training lessons. To me, hula is as significantly about telling a story as it is about supplying a beautiful glimpse into Hawaiian culture.”

Kamaka Kukona. File courtesy picture.

Most not long ago, Kumu Kamaka and 18 of his elite dancers have been training at the Resort for the Merrie Monarch Pageant, the world’s major hula collecting and most prestigious competitiveness. Held on Hawai’i Island on a yearly basis in April and referred to as the “Olympics of Hula,” Hālau o Ka Hanu Lehua is just one of just 18 selected to contend out of hundreds nationwide. This year the function normally takes position with a limited reside audience and television protection from April 20 to April 23, 2022.

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The Resort’s Instagram and Facebook accounts also present further insights into their journey to the Merrie Monarch via a brief movie collection posted weekly from March 24 to April 21, 2022.

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At the rear of the Scenes of Hula is just one of the lots of cultural and training-pushed things to do the Resort is giving on house this yr, including Four Seasons Maui Academy’s “Ocean Aloha” and “Hawaiian Star Stories” educational plans that goal to instill a deeper appreciation of the spot for youthful readers.