Kū Mai Ka Hula

Kū Mai Ka Hula
Award-winning hālau in Mauiʻs premier hula competition!


“Mahalo for joining us at Kū Mai Ka Hula. Perhaps you are here because you love hula, or because you love Hawaiian music, or because someone you know is dancing in this competition. Whatever your reasons for being with us, we welcome you. We are so glad that you are here.

There is an ‘ōlelo no‘eau (Hawaiian proverb) that says, I ka nānā no a ‘ike, “By observing, one learns.” This is the primary principle in Hawaiian study, and in learn-ing hula. The hula student is expected to spend a great deal of time observing and mir-roring the movements of the kumu hula (teacher), who is the source of hula knowl-edge. By increasing their powers of observation, the students increase their ability to learn in a traditional Hawaiian manner

All those who have gathered here to share their hula have observed well, they have mirrored their kumu, and they have practiced what they have been taught…they are ready. Let us all delight in their accomplishments—no matter what the final out-come—and enjoy hula together.”- Hōkūlani Holt

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