Hula, the traditional Hawaiian dance, is a language of the heart – the heartbeat of the Hawaiian people


Once again Auditorio de Tenerife offers a workshop on Hula, the traditional Hawaiian dance, from 24 June to 5 July 2019, given by Yurena Namahana. It is a way of approaching Hawaiian culture through its dance and music in addition to having the chance to learn songs, steps, and traditional costumes of these islands in the Pacific. There are three different courses for adults and one for children. There will also be an end show on 5 July at 9:00 pm in Sala de Cámara. Admission is free.

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From 24 June to 5 July, Hula 8 Workshop will offer two classes for adults and one for kids in Auditorio de Tenerife:

Hula Wāhine - Hula for women: 24, 26 & 28 June, 1, 3 & 5 July

- Hula Kahiko: Ancestral Hula with a strong, vigorous dance in honour of King Kamehameha, the Great.

Advanced level: from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm. Price: 60 €.

- Hula ‘Auwana: Contemporary Hula with a joyful, elegant dance on a beautiful place of Oʻahu.

All levels. From 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm Price: 60 €.

- Hula Kahiko and Hula ‘Auwana. Price: 100 €.

Hula Keiki - Hula for kids (aged 8 to 12):  25 & 27 June, 2 & 4 July

- With an ancestral dance about the beauty of the world dedicated to children.

All levels. From 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm. Price: 35 €.

In the Hula workshops you will learn:

* Oli Aloha: the Aloha chant that carries the true feeling of the Aloha spirit.

* Hula basic steps and its names in Hawaiian, accompanied by the Ipu Heke (traditional instrument).

* A whole Hula Kahiko dance: ancestral Hula or de Hula ‘Auwana: contemporary Hula.

* Lyrics of the dance in Hawaiian and its Spanish translation.

* Writing the steps and movements so you can use them as a reference later.

You will be given:

* Lyrics and translation of the Oli Aloha.

* Names of the Hula steps with an explanation on how to take them.

* Lyrics of the dance in Hawaiian with the translations in pieces of paper prepared to add the steps and movements.

* The Hula song you will learn.

* The chance to purchase Pā‘ū (Hula skirt) and Pareos from Hawaii.

End show

Friday 5 July, 9:00 pm. Sala de Cámara. Admission free.

Yurena Namahana was born and bred in Tenerife, Canary Islands, where aged two she went on stage for the first time, thus starting her dancing, singing and performing career. She lived in O‘ahu, Hawaii from 2006 to 2018 to connect with her Pacific roots. She studied ancestral Hula and in 2010 became the first Kumu Hula, Hula teacher of the Canaries and Spain. She has danced and given Hula workshops in Hawaii, New Zealand, Japan, Málaga, Tenerife and Gran Canaria.  Yurena Namahana has also led ceremonies for different dignitaries, including distinguished judges, the bishop president of the US episcopal church and the governor of Hawaii. She has taken part in several major documentaries about Hula and for six years she was the Kumu Hula of a famous private school in Honolulu, teaching more than 350 students. Yurena Namahana currently shares the Aloha through the Hula in her classes and performances in the Canary Islands.