Auditorio de Tenerife is offering the eighth Hula workshop -the traditional Hawaiian dance- from 24 June to 5 July. Yurena Namahana approaches Hawaiian culture through its dance and music, and the workshop also offers participants the chance to learn songs, steps and the traditional costumes of this island in the Pacific. You can enrol by sending an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

There are three types for adults and one for children. A show is put on at the end of the workshop, at 9:00 pm on 5 July, so that participants can display what they have learnt. It will take place at Sala de Cámara in Auditorio and admission is free.

The classes for adult women, called Hula Wāhine, are on 24, 26 & 28 June, 1, 3 & 5 July and it is held at different times to suit all levels, although participants can enrol in all the workshops if they wish.

So, from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm is the timetable for the advanced level - the Hula Kahiko- Ancestral Hula with a strong, vigorous dance in honour of King Kamehameha, the Great. On the same dates but from 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm, there is Hula for all levels, ‘Auwana, Contemporary Hula with a joyful, elegant dance on a beautiful place of Oʻahu.

Finally, Hula Keiki, is taking place on 25 & 27 June, 2 & 4 July, for children aged from 8 to 12. This is an ancestral dance about the beauty of the world dedicated to children. This activity is part of the Educational and Social Area of Auditorio de Tenerife, with the collaboration of Fundación Cepsa and Obra Social “la Caixa”.

In the Hula workshops participants will learn the Oli Aloha, an Aloha chant that carries the true feeling of the Aloha spirit; Hula basic steps and its Hawaiian names, accompanied by the Ipu Heke (a traditional instrument); and a whole Hula Kahiko: ancestral Hula or Hula ‘Auwana: contemporary Hula. You will also have the chance to buy a Hula dance skirt and Hawaiian Pareos.

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.