Hula Mai is a performing arts group. We teach, we learn, we dance, and we perform hula. Hula is known as the heartbeat of the Hawaiian people, and along with aloha, it allows people on the mainland to participate in an important part of ancient Hawaiian culture. Hula Mai is proud to have a part in the continuation of this art form here in Sonoma.
Our once a year our Ho`ike, or performance, is the culmination of the previous 12 months of learning, practice, and performance at other venues. It is our "big" show. The yearly Hula in the Plaza is our thank you and give back to the people of Sonoma.
Preparation for our eighth Ho`ike began the moment our seventh annual Hula in the Plaza show ended in 2016. We take on everything that goes into a stage production, from creative concepts to soldering audio cables. Betty Ann creates the concept of the show and blocks it out, the dancers must learn the new dances and routines, and the band learns to play the new songs in the ways that allow the dancers to tell the hula story. Linda B and the haumana make many of the costumes you see on stage also.
Below are pictures from our 2017 "Hula in the Plaza" show in the Grinstead Amphitheatre in Sonoma’s Central Plaza.
You can watch video from this show by clickingHERE.
Kumu Liko Puha
Gail, Becky, Hideko
Betty Ann Ka`ihilani Bruno
Jim and Donna
The show stopper was `O Kalalau-He Motu, an ancient chant and treadle hula done in the original Ni'ihau dialect. It was directed by Kumu Maili Beamer Loo and performed by Carolyn Pendry, Toni Golbus, and April Green. Please watch the video by clicking HERE.
Toni, Carolyn, April
`O Kalalau-He Motu
Watch the `O Kalalau-He Motu video by click
Betty Ann Ka`ihilani Bruno
kk We are very proud of the progress we have made—and the hula has helped us connect with each other and everything around us. It isn’t just a “Hawaiian thing” – it’s an everybody thing!
How good does it get?? Enjoy the pictures below and read what people had to say about the show!
"I love being a part of the show and love all the ladies and their closeness and consideration for each other.....It feels like an honor to be there and I am also extremely proud of these wonderful women." - VW
"This truly is an amazing group of goddesses and I am humbled and grateful to have found you and have you as an important part of my life. Dare I say essential?! I feel so blessed. So blessed. And the journey of learning we have the opportunity for in this life never ceases to continue. My heart is so full." - RA
"We are so fortunate to have become a part of this community of women and men who exude the aloha spirit and have become an ohana that cares for each other and looks out for each other." - TG
"From the dawn's first glimmer yesterday to the high moon at midnight it was a Spectacular Day! Spectacular!! Everyone, including each of us, will be talking about it all for days, and the glow that aloha brings will be with us forever, shout Yes!" - BH
Becky, Betty Ann
"So many people came up and genuinely thanked us for a wonderful evening. There were many comments like, 'I can't believe how lucky we are to have this in Sonoma.' It was standing room only, people were swaying to the music, serene smiles all around." - ML
"What a weekend! What a Life ! What a Hula Mai sister-brotherhood!" - FB