The Ancient Art of Hula
Live Hula Performance Presentation with dances performed by:
Halau Hula Na Liko Kupukupu I Ka Lani
Synopsis: What is Hula?
• We will be talking about history and legends of origin
• Hula Kahiko (Ancient Hula) presentation will follow
• Hula Auana (Modern Hula) presentation will follow
• Hula Halau (Hula School)
• Hula Today and our responsibility for the future
Dancers: Nani Wale Ku’u Ike O Na Lehua O Ka’ana, Hanohano e ka uka Pihanakalani, 0 Panaewa ohia loloa, Aka luna au o Pauahi, A lalo maua o Waipio, Pua Aloalo, Papalina lahilahi, A ‘Oia
Kumu Hula Anna LIza Kalauokekupukupu Abuan Mc Keon found inspiration for dance early in life. Various family member performed hula, sparking a passion for the art that would engulf her from childhood to adulthood. As a dancer, she began her journey with ‘Hula Halau he inoa no ipu lei manu’. Driven by a need to expand her knowledge of the Polynesian arts, Ann Liza also sought teacher from different veins of dance and culture. Under the direction of Mapuhi Tuku Tekurio with “Tekurio Nui” she learned Tahitian drumming. With instruction from Mel Liufau of “Nonosina”, she learned the art of Samoan fire Knife dance.
Dancing and performing would eventually lead to teaching. To ensure that what she taught was as authentic and true to the culture, Anna Liza headed back to the island. Trained on the Big Island of Hawaii, se unikied (graduated) under Loea Kawaikapuokalani Frank Hewett and became a Kum Hula under his tutelage. With her new title and a new mission to teach the old ways of hula Kumu Anna Liza opened a halau in San Bernardino County. Ever pursuing the expansion of the are she later opened a satellite halau in Topanga as well. Currently she spends her time personally teaching in both schools with the help of her alaka’I (leader) and son Atreyu Koa Ikaika Mc Keon.
Kumu Anna Liza will educate you in the rich Hawaiian history, dance and romantic mythology of Pacific Islands. With the support of her husband; children; and all her students she faces the adversities of a fledgling halau with humility and grace.