Halau Ka Lei Kukui Hi'ilani
ALOHA MAI KAKOU. E KOMO MAI... Welcome!
Halau Ka Lei Kukui Hi'ilani welcomes you to the website of its Mainland USA Extension led by Auntie Kahanoa Floresca under the tutelage of Kumu Hula Leihi'ilani Kirkpatrick of Kaua'i, Hawai'i.
Ka Lei Kukui Hi’ilani literally means the kukui (candlenut) lei held in the arms of heaven.
The kukui nut comes from the candlenut tree, whose nuts containing white, oily kernels were traditionally used as lighting implements. The tree is therefore a symbol of enlightenment; the image of a lamp, light, torch also signifies a guide and/or leader.
OUR HALAU NAME, Ka Lei Kukui Hi'ilani, therefore refers to the varied backgrounds and rich experiences of every dancer who willingly shares, through hula, the significant meanings of the mele to which we dance.
OUR MISSION is to learn, preserve, and perpetuate cultural integrity in all aspects of Hawaiian hula, traditions, history and language, and to honor and glorify Ke Akua (God) in all He has given us.
OUR GOALS are to provide opportunities for continued training, to expand and maintain cultural knowledge, and to establish effective and loving communication through the practice of Biblical and Hawaiian values: Aloha, Lokahi, ‘Oia’i’o, Ha’aha’a and Ahonui.
(Love/Compassion, Harmony/Unity, Truth/Faith, Humility, Patience)
OUR VISION is for na ‘olapa (dancers) to come together in lokahi (unity) and aloha (love) in order to nurture, express, and bring to light the meanings of both mele and hula. That expression needs to well up from our na’au (mind, heart) and radiate outward.
A Documentary About Kumu Lei
MONDAYS 5:10 - 6:00pm
BEGINNER HULA (kids only class)
Foundational level class for kids 3 and up focusing on basic hula steps and choreography to build coordination, balance and self-confidence.
MONDAYS 6:10 - 7:00pm
FAMILY HULA (parents & their kids)
Beginning hula class where parents and kids can learn basic hula steps and choreography to share and enjoy with their family and friends.
MONDAYS 7:10 - 8:00pm
TEEN & ADULT HULA (pending re-opening for adults)
Beginning to intermediate hula focused on the modern style. Hawaiian chanting, ancient hula and cultural arts are not included in this class.
HAWAIIAN HULA SCHOOL
Dance North County Encinitas
535 Encinitas Blvd, Suite 100/102
Encinitas, CA 92024
FOR ONE-TIME FREE TRIAL CLASS
by appointment, call Uncle Kupono at (760) 207-4561
1st & 3rd SATURDAYS
12:00 - 12:50pm in Suite 103
PAPA UKULELE (Ukulele Class)
Open to public for ages 5 and up
Beginner - Intermediate Ukulele taught by Auntie Patti "Pakela" Bielma
Online instruction available by appointment.
Contact Uncle Kupono at (760) 207-4561
MONDAYS 7:30 - 8:30pm
ONLINE HULA CLASS VIA ZOOM
HULA LE'ALE'A FOR TEENS & ADULTS
Beginning - Intermediate level recreational hula focused only on modern hula. No ancient hula, chanting or cultural arts are taught in this class.
WEDNESDAYS 7:30 - 8:30pm
ONLINE HULA CLASS VIA ZOOM
HULA BASICS TRAINING FOR TEENS/ADULTS
For beginning to advance level preteens to senior adults who want a strong foundation to accelerate their mastery of hula techniques while taking care of their body, soul and spirit. This class focuses on learning and mastering the following:
*posturing, footwork & handwork
*building strength and stamina
*achieving grace and expression
*using hula to care for the whole person
SATURDAYS 8:30 - 9:50 am
PAPA LAU KUKUI /
PAPA LAULI'ILI'I KUKUI
(kukui leaf class /
small kukui leaf class)
Level 2 Adults /
Level 3 Youth
Development & Leadership Level
Adult Pre-requisite: pass Level 1 Adult skills & knowledge, volunteer leader, instructor invitation and approval.
Teen Pre-requisite: pass teen Level 2 Youth skills & knowledge, youth volunteer for other classes.
SATURDAYS 10:00 - 10:50 am
PAPA LAMA KUKUI
(kukui light class) /
(Hope In The Arms of Heaven)
Our FREE 'OHANA & 'OLELO meetup for those who want to learn to be a light as ambassadors of aloha. This time is focused on establishing effective and loving communication through the practice of Biblical and Hawaiian family values and language.
SATURDAYS 11:00- 11:50 am
PAPA HUA KUKUI
(kukui seed class)
Level 1 Youth -
Ages 2 and up
A foundational level class for youth and newcomers ages 12 and under who are being evaluated for class placement.
SATURDAYS 12:00 - 12:50pm
PAPA LIKO KUKUI
(young kukui leaf class)
Level 2 Youth -
elementary - pre-teen
Foundational level ideal with approval from instructor. Pre-requisite: Attendance in PAPA HUA KUKUI for a minimum of 1 equivalent year and passing of Level 1 Youth skills and knowledge.
SATURDAYS 1:00 - 1:50 pm
PAPA KUPU KUKUI
(kukui sprout/seed class)
Level 1 Teens and Adults -
Ages 13 and up
Foundational level ideal for newcomers, beginners, low impact, seniors
CONTACT AUNTIE KAHANOA
RECREATIONAL HULA CLASSES AT CITY OF SAN MARCOS COMMUNITY CENTER
KUMU HULA LEIHI'ILANI KIRKPATRICK & HALAU KA LEI KUKUI HI'ILANI
REFLECTIONS ON KUMU HULA LEIHI'ILANI KIRKPATRICK
HAWAIIAN HULA WORKSHOPS BY KUMU HULA LEIHI'ILANI KIRKPATRICK (2019)