Aloha and welcome to Halau Ho'oulu I Ke Kapa under the direction of Kumu Hula Leimomi Kiyono.
Kumu Leimomi is a recent graduate of Hula from Kumu Hula Puluelo Park. Under
the tutelage of Kumu Hula Puluelo for twenty odd years, Leimomi was taught all
aspects of Hula; oli, kahiko ( hula 'olapa ), and 'auana ( modern hula ). She
has also performed as a dancer through out the state of Hawai'i and Japan. The
experiences gained throughout the years has led Leimomi to take her education and knowledge to another level: teaching.
This Halau was started with the main thought in mind to teach the Hula of our ancestors. Learning Hawai'i through song and chant instills the deep respect of this beautiful land and culture. With that thought, the mission
of the Halau became clear: to provide a strong foundation and encourage the
continual study, understanding, and love of the hula and other polynesian dances. Hawai'i
is very multi cultural and recognizing our polynesian cousins like Tahiti through dance is important to continue the link
between lands. Therefore, the Halau
will also be teaching other polynesian dances to stimulate and educate the dancer.
The dancer is an integral part of story telling our past, present, and future.
The sway of the hips, the rise of the eye brow, the beautiful smile, and a twinkle in the eye, all tell a story. The dancer through hard work and sweat shall be able to look agile and graceful. Hula is not an easy dance to learn but when accomplished Hula becomes second nature
and becomes part of our lives. It is part of the " Aloha Spirit" which makes
Hawai'i unique from any other land ( Hint: Hula dancers love to gesture with
their hands, body, and use lots of facial expressions especially when they are asked directions!). Although Hula is a very disciplined dance, there is also fun and laughter. Working with one another, creating new bonds of friendship, and learning to love oneself and others instilled
the goal of the Halau. The goal of the halau is to empower each
individual with the abilities to work with others as well as utilizing learned skills to enrich their lives with the beauty
and discipline of the hula.