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