Hālau Hula Kalehuakiʻekiʻeikaʻiu at Kīlauea - May 18 2011 Performance at Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park Visitor Center
"Aʻohe pau ka ʻike i kau hālau." Not all knowledge resides in one school is one tradition of Hālau Hula Kalehuakiʻekiʻeikaʻiu ma Kīlauea, under the direction of kumu hula Ab Kawainohoikalaʻi Valencia. The many traditions stem from a geneology line of kumu hula beginning with Ab's teacher, Mae Kamāmalu Klein, of Kaneʻohe, Oʻahu, Maiki Aiu Lake, of Honolulu, Oʻahu, Lokalia Montgomery, of Kapahulu, Oʻahu and Keahi Luahine of the island of Kauaʻi.
Ab Kawainohoikalaʻi Valencia was born and raised in Honolulu. He traces the genealogy of his ʻohana to the districts of North Hilo and Puna, Hawaiʻi and links the traditions of his ʻohana and hālau hula to share the Aloha with this special place: Ka lua o Pele i ka wahi kapu o Kīlauea.
There are many hula traditions and ways to study traditional hula. The hālau hula follows a path of learning and protocol that instills an understanding of the culture and values and imbues in the haumana, student, an appreciation of the manaʻo and aloha of our kūpuna who have shared their knowledge and wisdom so that the legacy of the treasures of our island heritage may continue.
Come and witness a small portion of the traditions of Hālau Hula Kalehuakiʻekiʻeikaʻiu ma Kilauea that has been handed down through the generations, that connects us back to our past and pays homage to those who stand before us. The evening begins with a humble vocal supplication for inspiration and grace --- observe the method of adorning oneself, as the novice ʻōlapa, dancer, prepares for a presentation of the hula, of the dance of Hawaiʻi.
Did You Know?
`Ohelo (Vaccinium reticulatum) is a relative of blueberries and a favorite food of nene, the Hawaiian Goose. Its berries range from dark red to pale yellow when ripe and are sacred to Pele, the volcano deity.