the hula: hawai’i’s sacred dance w/ mahealani uchiyama and halau kauatuahine Friday, November 22 7-8:30pm
Join dancer/scholar MahealaniUchiyama and members of her dance company Halau KaUaTuahine sharing the sacred ceremonial dance of the Hawaiian people. This is a rare opportunity to see dances steeped in ritual, myth and legend, evoking a pantheon of deities and their earthly descendants, sacred symbols, ancestral beings, procreation and forces of nature are typically not performed onstage. The evening includes discussion on the history, meaning and regalia of Hawaiian dance - and perhaps an invitation to join in!
Mahealani Uchiyama and Halau KaUaTuahine Halau KaUaTuahine is named after the misty rain that falls at Manoa Valley on the island of O’ahu. Under the direction of Kumu Mahealani Uchiyama, they have won numerous awards in Hawaiian and Tahitian dance competitions throughout Hawaiʻi and California. The halau has toured Tahiti French Polynesia, Aotearoa (New Zealand) and the islands of Hawai’i. Kumu Mahea has also taught workshops and led seminars throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico. Mahealani Uchiyama is a dancer, musician, composer and teacher. An advocate for cultural understanding, she is the founder and Artistic Director of the Mahea Uchiyama Center for International Dance, and has been an instructor of Hawaiian Language at Stanford University. Kumu Mahealani approaches dance as a manifestation of the human spirit, encouraging her students to explore and celebrate their cultural differences and common humanity. A teacher and performer of Polynesian dance for 30 years, she has also produced numerous recordings of traditional Hawaiian and Tahitian music. Her CD, “A Walk by the Sea”, is a compilation of the sounds of her cultural and spiritual heritage and has been awarded the Hawai’i Music Award for Best World Music Album of 2007.
$20 in advance/ $30 at the door
Payments are non-refundable. Cancellations must be received within 72 hours prior to workshop for yoga class credit (minus $10 processing fee).