Hula Mai celebrated its fifth birthday with “Rock-a-Hula” at its fifth Hula in the Plaza show on June 28, 2014. The standing room only audience howled with glee as the dancers, clad in hot pink cellophane, rocked and strutted their way through this “uncharacteristic” finale. Fun for everybody!
Up to that last number, the Ho`ike was much more traditional, much more “Hawaiian,” if you will, with its mix of Kahiko and classical auana hula. The program ranged from the rare Kahiko Hula Talala a Hipa to the popular Ka Uluwehi O Ke Kai and Aloha Kaua`i. A special section of the program honored Dennis Kamakahi and included his Pua Hone, Koke`e and Wahine Ilikea.
The Hula Mai Road Show! Ready to bring Hawai`i to YOUR luau!! Call us at (707) 938-9051
Hula Mai is our taste of Hawaii right here in the town of Sonoma. It's where everyone who has ever dreamed of dancing the hula can learn how; it's where everyone who has ever danced hula before can dance again. It's where, with practice, dancers can become part of the Hula Mai performing road show. Whatever your Hula experience, you are welcome at Hula Mai.
Hula Mai means Come and Dance. We call to you now. Hula Mai.
Hula classes are offered on Mondays and Fridays during the day and on Wednesday evenings. For details go to the Classes Page.
To register, call us at (707) 938-9051.
Overview of Hula Mai
Hula Mai offers classes in both modern and ancient hula. Founder and teacher, Betty Ann Ka`ihilani Bruno, says her goal is to inspire a love for the hula and the Hawaiian culture through knowledge and understanding – and, to have fun all the while.
Students are given both written materials and video instructions to help them practice at home. Betty Ann traces her style of hula to hula legends, Ida Namanu`okawa`a Wong-Gonsalves , Uncle Joe Kahaulelio, and Tom Hiona.
Hula Mai's choreography includes both Kahiko and 'Auana
Kahiko is the old style or ancient hula, danced to a chant accompanied by a drum (Pahu) or gourd (Ipu-heke). Some ancient hulas were taught under very strict rules, and were called 'hula kapu' because they were for ceremonial purposes only, and not entertainment. Thus, they were not available to the general public. That has changed, however, since the 1970's and today Hula Kahiko is widely performed and can be enjoyed by everyone. The traditional costume for women doing Kahiko is the "pa'u."
'Auana style hula can be described as the 'modern hula.' It is danced to melodic songs accompanied by ukeleles and guitars, etc. The lyrics are often in English, as opposed to the Kahiko chants which are always in Hawaiian. Costumes for 'auana style hulas can be traditional ti-leaf skirts, or dresses adapted from western styles - the mu'umu'u, holomu'u or holoku.
People with all levels of dance experience are welcome. Comfortable clothing is recommended and also a dance wrap or pareau.
Hula Mai’s classes are at three Sonoma locations: The Sonoma Community Center, 276 E Napa St (Fridays) Vintage House, 264 First St. East (Wednesday evenings, beginning in September) En-er-gy, 450 First St. East (in the Mercato) (Monday afternoons).
For more information, please leave a message at (707) 938-9051 Watch Hula Mai videos by clicking here.