HULIAU is noted for their innovative presentations. Artistic Director and Kumu Hula (Dance Master) Michael Pili Pang brings to the stage Hawaiian rituals, myths, and legends with a contemporary flair, to tell the stories of Hawai’i and its rich culture. HULIAU performers have been trained through the dance school Halau Hula Ka No’eau in a particularly a dance style called hula ku‘i that evolved from the teachings of late hula master Maiki Aiu Lake. A revered kumu hula from O‘ahu, she was one of the leaders at the forefront of the Hawaiian renaissance, a movement that began in the 1960s to restore the knowledge of Hawaiian cultural traditions that had almost disappeared. Lake’s styling captures the courtly dances of the Hawaiian Monarchy during the late 1800s. The Hālau also affirms its roots in kahiko (“ancient”) hula as well as more contemporary ‘auana(“modern”). Kumu Michael and his company have been a leader in Hawaiian dance theatre presentations throughout the United States, Canada, Taiwan, and Korea for the past decade.

Each of the performing and touring company members are practitioners of hula, who have come to understand the importance of cultural values pertaining to his/her art form, as well as how it reflects in his/her daily lives. The company has performed for the children of British Columbia, transplanted Hawaiians in Minnesota, at the American Museum of Natural History and Symphony Space in New York City, throughout New England, Oregon, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Korea, and Taiwan. While on tour, company members have conducted lectures, workshops and residencies at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Slippery Rock University, University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown, Dartmouth College, Southern Oregon University, and the University of Arizona.

HULIAU – Hālau Hula Ka Noʻeau is supported by MUʻOLAUALANI,  a non-profit organization supporting the arts of Hula.



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