Classes are Saturdays mornings in Little River, SC. Classes include one hour of hula dance and 30 minutes of spiritual or cultural lessons each week. $30/month. Ages 18+.
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If your school or organization is interested in a Hawaiian Hula lesson contact me! Amanda enjoys sharing hula with kids and enjoys bringing co-workers and others together through smiles while sharing aloha through hula. Contact Amanda to discuss your event.
Amanda Ehukailani has been a dancer for most of her life and discovered Hawaiian Hula in 2013 while visiting some friends on the Big Island. Amanda had already spent ten years prior to that studying Huna, a Hawaiian philosophy and an energy work technique called Kahi Loa from Kauai. Once Amanda began dancing with a group in Charlotte, NC she really wanted to learn more about the culture and the traditional hula technique and chants. The group she performed with, for the most part, only focused on the hapa-haole style seen in more entertainment settings on the east coast.
She decided that she needed a teacher to study with and as synchronicity would align it one of her hula sisters had lived in Hawai'i for 15 years and had taken classes with Kumu Kea. After that initial connection was made, Amanda now travels frequently to Hawai'i for intensives to study with Kumu Kea (teacher of hula) and returns sharing what she can with others on the east coast. Her classes and educational events are focused on the workout aspect to hula but also on the spiritual aspect of hula. Without the spiritual/cultural aspect she always felt hula was missing something (read blog below for more). Although she leads a performance group, Emerald 'Aina Hula Dancers, her mission in 2020 and beyond is less on the performance aspect and more on helping hula students center, find peace, share aloha, appreciate our earth, and connect to the bigger picture of their lives and each other. If students desire to perform after dancing hula for a while with the weekly classes, there will be opportunities at local festivals and for other events to perform.
She educates students on three styles of hula including hapa-haole, 'auana, and kahiko. As a college instructor, she herself loves learning and continues to study, research, and spend time in Hawai'i to learn more about the culture, the aloha spirit, and the spread of hula around the world. What she is able to share she enjoys sharing with others that may not be able to travel to Hawai'i. The world needs more aloha. For Amanda, hula is one way that people can begin to experience aloha and she also believes hula helps them to feel more of a positive connection to others and our beautiful earth.
"As an environmental scientist I love the connection to nature that hula provides us through our body movements mimicking nature to the meles (songs and chants) about beautiful landscapes. As an energy work practitioner I can see the benefits that hula provides us while moving the body and focusing on the breath. Hula also teaches us to be in the present moment and slow down our lives. As someone who values spiritual growth personally, I enjoy how hula brings people together and the aloha shared through the culture and spirit of the dance."
Over the years now of teaching Amanda has developed an 8 level Hula program for adults to learn traditional hula (kahiko), modern hula (‘auana), and hapa-haole hula. Each level runs for 6 weeks where basic steps and hand motions are taught as well as hula history. Within each level three routines are learned, one from each style of hula. Classes are an hour in length with the physical movement aspect and then 30 minutes of cultural and/or spiritual lessons.
Amanda has taught weekly hula classes to both kids and adults. For two summers, she held a week long Hula Camp for girls ages 6+. She has also given talks (and led audience participation) to women's groups, at staff meetings for businesses, and during recreational summer programs with Swansboro Parks and Rec and Ocean Isle Beach Parks and Rec. She also shared hula for an awards day activity at an elementary school and led the audience participation at the NC Polynesian festival for two years. She enjoys sharing hula and through dreams, discussions with her Kumu, and other life lessons she knows her purpose is sharing hula wherever she resides and most importantly incorporating the spiritual aspect with it known as Huna and the aloha spirit.
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