Hula Workshop
of Southern New England

Traditional and new hula instruction and performances. Hawaiian language and culture. Luau and party consultation and entertainment. Offering beginner through advanced hula classes and private hula lessons.
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No dance experience?
That's okay. We'll make you feel comfortable.

Did you know?
Dramatic acting, public speaking, and ballet are each excellent backgrounds for learning hula.

Ka Leo o Ke Kai - Voice of the Sea

Keepers of the Flame

I just watched the most amazing documentary. Keepers of the Flame, directed by Eddie Kamae, chronicles the life work of three women who did a tremendous amount of work to perpetuate Hawaiian culture in the 20th century: Mary Kawena Puku`i, scholar and writer of numerous works on Hawaiian language and culture, Edith Kanaka`ole, kumu hula, chanter, and songwriter, and hula legend `Iolani Luahine.

All I wanted to do was preview the DVD for my students, but I couldn't stop watching.

There's a fair amount available about Aunty Edith, and I walk by Kawena Puku`i on my bookshelf every day. But `Iolani Luahine has been elusive since the days I lived in Hawai`i. This is the most footage of her dancing I've seen in one place. And is it dancing! This is hula.

The film does a great job of interweaving the life stories of the three wahine and those of us who wish to perpetuate Hawaiian culture should watch and listen--nana and ho`olohe. Available at

It turns out Eddie Kamae and his wife Myrna have produced a number of films documenting the lives and knowledge of kupuna to save it for us and future generations. I could eat that website whole: I want all of them!

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