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Class Information

Halau Ka Lei Kukui Hi'ilani is a traditional educational school that combines learning of Hawaiian language, culture, history, and arts for a deeper appreciation and understanding of the mele we sing and move to. Our haumana have different backgrounds, rich experiences, and are at various levels of training. Dancers and aspiring dancers of all ages are welcome. We offer classes for all levels of knowledge. Students with prior Hula experience will be assessed and placed in the appropriate level class.


We also offer ukulele instruction. See class details below.


***Summer 2023***

Recreation hula will be hosted on Zoom May to December 2023.


Contact Uncle Kupono

for free one-time trial and more information

(760) 207-4561

Traditional Hawaiian Hula School

Tuition Rates - Hula

$60 per month

20% discounted rate for second family member or more

$25 uniform fee

$30 Initial online and membership fee

Class Location

Dance North County

535 Encinitas Blvd, Suite 100/102

Encinitas, CA 92024

Adult Hula

Papa Lau Kukui /

Papa Lauli'ili'i Kukui

(Kukui Leaf Class/Small Kukui Leaf Class)

Saturdays 8:40 - 10:00 am

A development and leadership level class. Students are ready for the next level of hula practice. Adults must pass Level 1 skills and knowledge, volunteer leader, instructor invitation, and approval. Teens must pass Level 2 youth skills and knowledge, youth volunteer for other classes.

Adult Level 2/Teen Level 3

Papa Kupu Kukui

(Kukui Sprout/Seed Class)

Saturdays 1:10 - 2:00 pm

Foundational class ideal for newcomers, beginners, low impact workout, and seniors to learn and master the following:

  • posturing, footwork, and handwork
  • Hawaiian sayings and proverbs
  • Hawaiian chants and songs
  • Ancient and modern choreography

Teen/Adult Level 1


Papa Lama Kukui

Saturdays 10:10 - 11:00 am

Become a shining light ambassador of aloha. This free 'Ohana and 'Olelo meetup focuses on establishing effective and loving communication through the practice of biblical and Hawaiian family values and language.

Youth Hula

Papa Liko Kukui

Saturdays 11:10 am - 12:00 pm

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.

Papa Hua Kukui

Saturdays 12:10 - 1:00 pm

A foundational level 1 youth class for youth and newcomers who are being evaluated for class placement.


For ages 3 - 12


Papa Ukulele

2nd and 4th Saturdays 12:00 - 12:50 in Suite 103

Beginner - Intermediate Ukulele taught by Auntie Patti "Pakela" Bielma. Online instruction available by appointment.

Recreational Hula

Tuition Rates

$50 for 4 sessions

20% discounted rate for second family member or more

$25 uniform fee

Class Location

May - December 2023 - online via Zoom


Meeting ID: 848 8518 8122

Passcode: ALOHA

Teen & Adult Hula

Mondays 7:00 - 8:00 pm

Starting May 1, 2023

No class 5/29, 7/3

Beginning to intermediate hula focused on the modern style. Hawaiian chanting, ancient hula, and cultural arts are not included in this class

Family Hula (parents and their kids)

Mondays 7:00 - 8:00 pm

Beginning hula class where parents and kids can learn basic hula steps and choreography to share and enjoy with their family and friends.

Beginner Hula (kids only class)

Mondays 5:10 - 6:00 pm

Start moving those little hands and feet. Your child will enjoy the music and boost their self-confidence. Foundational level class for kids focusing on basic hula steps and choreography to build coordination, balance, and self-confidence.

For ages 3 to 10.

Hula Basics Training Workout - Class Via Zoom

Wednesdays 7:00 - 8:00 pm

Starting May 3, 2023

For beginning to advance level students 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, and handwork

building strength and stamina

achieving grace and expression

using hula to care for the whole person

For ages 11 and up.

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