May 30, 2023


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Resort expands cultural programming for a behind the scenes glimpse into the globe of hula

Hālau o Ka Hanu Lehua, underneath the path of Kumu Hula Kamaka Kūkona. Laptop: Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea

4 Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea invites company “Behind the Scenes of Hula” for a sneak peek into the procedures of Maui’s Hālau o Ka Hanu Lehua.  Led by Kumu Hula Kamaka Kūkona, the hālau follow features a unique chance to knowledge this distinctive facet of Hawaiian tradition.

While generally not obtainable to the general public, now visitors, guests, and people alike can working experience hula, or what Kūkona calls “the lifeline to the society,” at various venues in Four Seasons every single Thursday beginning from 6 to 7p.m., as a result of the close of the yr.

“Aunty Wendy” Tuivaioge

A latest addition to the Resort’s cultural ordeals, Guiding the Scenes of Hula was produced by 4 Seasons Resort Maui Director of Hawaiian Packages and haumāna of Hālau o Ka Hanu Lehua, “Aunty Wendy” Tuivaioge, who is normally on the lookout for ground breaking methods to share culture with friends.

“As the Director of Hawaiian Systems, I abide by a protocol that enables me to be as genuine as possible,” said Aunty Wendy. “Being a haumāna (college student of hula), I need to get authorization from my Kumu Hula (hula trainer) to provide this aspect of the lifestyle forward to guests—whether by Guiding the Scenes of Hula or educating classes. To me, hula is as significantly about telling a story as it is about giving a attractive glimpse into Hawaiian tradition.”

Kamaka Kukona. File courtesy picture.

Most recently, Kumu Kamaka and 18 of his elite dancers have been practising at the Vacation resort for the Merrie Monarch Competition, the world’s premier hula collecting and most prestigious competitiveness. Held on Hawai’i Island yearly in April and referred to as the “Olympics of Hula,” Hālau o Ka Hanu Lehua is a single of just 18 chosen to contend out of hundreds nationwide. This 12 months the event requires position with a constrained are living audience and tv coverage from April 20 to April 23, 2022.

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The Resort’s Instagram and Facebook accounts also give even further insights into their journey to the Merrie Monarch through a limited video clip series posted weekly from March 24 to April 21, 2022.

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At the rear of the Scenes of Hula is one particular of the numerous cultural and education and learning-pushed actions the Vacation resort is offering on residence this 12 months, including Four Seasons Maui Academy’s “Ocean Aloha” and “Hawaiian Star Stories” educational courses that aim to instill a further appreciation of the desired destination for young people.