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Hâlau Hula `O Walea

m a n y c o l l a b o r a ideas, and t i n g c o m p r o m i s e s , r e v i s i o n s b e t w e e n t h e t e a c h i n g s t a f f o f t h e h â l a u in the preparation of the website. Kumu was a little bit nervous that the website would not be completed by the proposed launch date. Lo and behold, the website was completed on the morning of the Christmas Open House, a very long awaited

Christmas

gift!

Kumu

was

able

to

work

hand

in

ideas for

the website.

Together,

along with

Drew

Williams

and Warren

Wier of

Dyamani,

their

hand,

constantly

consulting

with

Cecilia

about

creative and hâlau’s first

artistic minds have put together the ever website that you see today!

Mahalo (thank you) Cecilia, Drew, for working with us to develop website!

and

Warren

the

maika`i

The new maika`i hâlau logo that was designed by Jon Treyes and transformed by Jennifer Cristobal is also a significant part of the banner. The image of the `olapa (dancer) on the banner is

from Kim Taylor Reese. One of an image Hawai`i’s has been fine art photographer, Kim s t u d y i n g h u l a k a h i k o f o r foremost n e a r l y 2 5 c a t a l y s t o f H a w a i ` i s C u l t u r a l his photography captures the years. A Renaissance,

mystery and magic of this dance, which, for

generations, has excited people around the world.

the

imaginations of

The

web developers

able personally telephone by Kim to contact were Hawai`i his and received in p e r m i s s i o n to use one t h e h â l a u s w e b s i t e . Kim’s talented work of his images as part of teaching staff admires The and

When developing a website, where does one begin? The first step that the teaching staff had to decide on was the Universal Resource Locator (URL) of the website. The URL hulaintoronto was chosen for various reasons: something simple, easy to understand and remember, and user friendly for your average user. The homepage of the website reveals the banner that is consistent throughout the website. The soft, light, opaque blue colour of the sky and ocean on the banner reminds me personally of the beaches on Hawai`i. For some of the haumana and myself who went to the Ka Hula Le`a competition in August 2002, the scene of the ocean reminds us of Hapuna Beach on the Big Island of Hawai`i … oh how I miss Hawai`i!

were

excited

would

be used

to hear that one of his images in the design of the website. Kim

was honored to hear that his unique admired all the way in Toronto, Canada!

work

is

On the website, you will be able to read about many things, including what the hâlau is about,

the types information

of

lessons

that

for

professional

are

offered, Polynesian

performances, and or course, a gallery of photos! The website will be updated on a regular basis with new information, pictures and upcoming news about the hâlau - email us and let us know what

you

think

of

the

hâlau’s

website

at

halauinfo@hulaintoronto.com.

Spread the word

around and visit us at www.hulaintoronto.com!

“Hula is your life: if your Hula is bad, so if your life – if your

Hula is good, so is your life. “

  • -

    Kumu Hula Jay-Jay

Akiona of KU KANAKA KAUA O KONA

Kumu Hula Jay-Jay Akiona & Kôkua Melanie Ke`alohi Balgos

Kumu Hula Jay-Jay Akiona – By

Kumu Hula Jay-Jay Akiona is one kumu in particular who gave us much aloha and inspiration about the Hawaiian

culture during

our stay in

Along with

his Po`opua

Alaka`i), Bulla

Kailiwai, runs

`

Hawai`i. a (head his hâlau

the

on

KONA

O

KU KANAKA Big Island.

KAUA

Following in his older sister (Jayme)’s footsteps, Kumu Jay-Jay started dancing hula at the age of nine. Jayme was a student of the late Kumu Hula Darrel Lupenui (Kumu Hula Chinky Mahoe’s teacher), who competed and won in the Merrie Monarch Festivals during the 1970s and 1980s. As Kumu Jay-Jay got more involved in hula, he knew that it

Michelle Kêhaulani Corpuz

would remain a big part of him for the rest of his life. Kumu Darrel remains one of his idols today, not only for the hula style but also the spiritual guidance that he had shared with Kumu Jay-Jay.

After having moved to Kona, Kumu Jay- Jay joined the hâlau of Kumu Hula Hilda Keanaaina – a great and well-known teacher on the Big Island. Kumu Hilda was of great inspiration to him, and continues to guide Kumu Jay-Jay this very day through her teachings which stem all the way from her Kumu Hula, Iolani Luahine. It is through this long line of chanters that one hears the mana (strength) in Kumu Jay-Jay’s voice when he does an `oli or when he chants.

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