Kumu Hula Michael Pili Pang comes to Chicago!!!
HULA AUANA WORKSHOP - Saturday, April 7th 9:30 - 11:30 am.
Early Bird Pricing: $60 until 3/15/18, $75 thereafter.
Location: Carleton of Oak Park, 1110 Pleasant Street, Oak Park, IL 60302.
About Kumu Hula Michael Pili Pang
Kumu Michael was ten years old when he started hula in Honolulu. His teacher was Kealoha Wong, a dancer of the great Maiki Aiu Lake. Maiki Aiu Lake is recognized as one of the hula leaders at the forefront of the Hawaiian Renaissance, a movement that began in the 1960s to restore the knowledge of Hawaiian cultural traditions. After high school, he danced with Mrs. Lake until her passing in 1984.
In 1985, he went through his second 'uniki (hula graduation) under Mae Kamamalu Klein, who was Mrs. Lakeʻs first Kokua (assistant) Kumu Hula. There he received his kihei (garments) and title of Kumu Hula. Kumu Michael also studied chanting with Pualani Kanaka'ole Kanahele.
He was the first Kumu Hula to be awarded an MFA in Dance with an emphasis on Hula from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. He is a creative trend setter in the hula world. Kumu Michael says this about the influence of his MFA on hula. “…You can take a hula and look at it's structure - how it was created, why they dance it, what are the links that make this Hawaiian hula. It taught me how to use body gestures and helped me to understand another level of kinetic movement - of moving my body through space.
Where once it was just ho'onana(watch), ho'olohe(listen), ho'opili(mimic) - now I can take it all apart and explain the details of each gesture and movement. I learned how to break down the movement.
However, although I can make a dancer a better technician, it doesn't mean that the eha (essence of the dance) is always there. Eha is one thing that the University does not teach, and alo to alo (face to face) experience with the kumu hula is very important.
You have to be dedicated, physically and mentally present, to be a great hula dancer. For us, it's not just learn a hula and do it on your own. For example, our style of hula - the hula ku'i style takes a tremendous amount of teacher/student relationship to pa ka na’au (get it in your body, mind and heart)"
Kumu Michael heads up Halau Hula Ka No'eau, a hula academy in Honolulu. He has graduated 22 kumu hula (master teachers) on Hawaii Island and Oahu. It is always a wonderful opportunity to study with him.
Join 8 members of the award winning Halau Hula Ka No'eau & Kumu Hula Michael Pili Pang for a special Hula Performance in Chicago!!!
HULA PERFORMANCE: Saturday, April 7th, 8:00 pm at The Academy of Music & Movement, 605 Lake Street, Oak Park, IL 60302.
Ticket Prices: Adults $35, Children (12 and under) $10, Seniors (55 and over) $25
About Halau Hula Ka Noʻeau
Hālau Hula Ka No‘eau has built its reputation on the philosophy and creed that the “Art of Hula” expresses all we see, hear, smell taste, touch and feel. They are guided by the belief the best foundation in creating something new is a thorough understanding of the past. The best environment in which to succeed is one which encourages discipline, commitment and creativity.
Using the same teaching methods as their Hula Matriarch, Maiki Aiu Lake, the school’s curriculum is based on the understanding of hula history, technique, style, hula and chant types with an equal foundation in hula ‘auwana and hula kahiko. Inherent cultural arts such as Hawaiian music, chant, poetry, instrument making, lei making, history, culture, philosophy and language are also included in learning the “art of hula”.
Kumu Hula Michael Pili Pang founded Hālau Hula Ka No‘eau in 1986 and has been a leader in showcasing hula through concert performances, touring, lectures and teaching the Hawaiian arts.. Today, there are two schools: one in Waimea and one in Honolulu; with graduate kumu hula from the hālau teaching classes in Waimea, Honoka‘a, Hilo, Kona, Waikoloa, and in Chicago, Illinois.
The goals of Hālau Hula Ka No‘eau have been to promote and sustain the inherent cultural and artistic values of Hawaiian dance. To further this goal a performing company was formed and concerts, workshops and lectures on hula were created. Since 1994, they have performed throughout North America, Korea, Japan, and Taiwan.
“Pang approaches Hawaiian dance as an artistic, creative and educational endeavor, not simply as entertainment… The members of the ensemble take their work very seriously, and their public performances are varied, polished and exciting.“ —William Feltz, Director of the Arts Program, East-West Center
“True hula is the quintessential expression of Hawaiian cultural values, deeply rooted in tradition and legend… The company’s hula is a far cry from the hip-swaying hula popularized and stereotyped decades ago for Hollywood movies and in songs to lure and entertain tourists.” —Barbara von Furstenberg, former Director of Programming, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa
Join Zen Priest Jaune Evans and Kumu Hula/Zen Priest June Kaililani Tanoue for a three day meditation and hula retreat in Wood Valley and Volcano, Hawaii. The three days are designed to help you get grounded, strengthen your mind/body connection, and reconnect to Nature.
Where: Wood Valley Temple, Pahala, Big Island of Hawaii
When: Thursday, Jan. 25th (4 pm) to Jan. 28th (12 noon)
Cost: $295. Includes 7 delicious vegetarian meals.