MUOLAULANI is a contemporary Hawaiian dance company showcasing hula at its highest art form. Muolaulani 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 Hawaii’i and its rich culture. Muolaulani performers have been trained through the dance school Halau Hula Ka No’eau in the style called hula ku’i – a descriptive dance style which blends traditional hula with western idioms. Mr. Pang and his company have been a leader in Hawaiian dance theatre presentations throughout the United States, Canada, Taiwan, and Korea for the past decade.
Muolaulani is the only professional touring company of its kind. The administration and management are modeled after western dance companies with the added integrity of Hawaiian cultural values to support its unique dance form. 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.