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Experience Hula Dancing and Lei Making

Rated 4.84 out of 5 from 19 reviews.Haleiwa, United States

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Experience hosted by Kawai

60 mins
Includes equipment
Up to 6 people
Hosted in English

What you'll do

Aloha, this experience will begin with me meeting you across the street from the famous Ted's Bakery on Kamehameha Highway where parking is available. Please park across the street makai side (oceanside). There is a bus stop for those who do not have a car. We will then walk to my house a block from the beach. On the walk I will point out the different flowers that are used in lei making, explain the area and the famous surf breaks, Sunset, Backyards, V-land etc. The experience is split into two parts, hula & lei making. Our hula lesson starts with flowers in the hair and picking out a pa'u to wear (hula skirt). I then teach three basic dance steps, ka'o, hela, and kaholo. We will then practice these steps with hula implements: uli uli, puili, and the ipu. Finally we combine all of the steps to music. The second half of the class we will make a flower lei with flowers from my yard. At the end of the experience you have a beautiful lei to wear and have learned basic hula steps.
Aloha, this experience will begin with me meeting you across the street from the famous Ted's Bakery on Kamehameha Highway where parking is available. Please park across the street makai side (oceanside). There is a bus stop for those who do not have a car. We will then walk to my house a block from the beach. On the walk I will point out the different flowers that are used in lei making, explain the area and the famous surf breaks, Sunset, Backy…

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What's included

  • Equipment
    traditional hula pau/skirt and all hula implements will be provided. Ipu, u...
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Meet your host, Kawai

Host on Airbnb since 2014
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Aloha. I have been studying and dancing Hawaiian hula (both Auana & Kahiko), Tahitian, and Samoan for over 15 years on the North Shore of Oahu. My three daughters began dancing at 5 years old and we all perform around the island; Waimea Valley, Turtle Bay Resort, private events, and other numerous locations. We are responsible for creating all of our own ornaments. I create all different types of lei, ti leaf skirts, Tahitian hip hei, etc. I look forward to sharing my love and knowledge of Polynesian dance and Hawaiian culture with you.
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Where you'll be

I live at Sunset Beach, in the Backyard's neighborhood, on the famous North Shore of Oahu. You will learn to dance three basic hula steps, then learn a hula dance, and finally make a lei with local flowers.

Rated 4.84 out of 5 from 19 reviews.

Christin
March 2020
Kawai ist eine geduldige und sehr nette Frau. Ich habe die Zeit bei ihr genossen und viel gelernt auch wenn ich wohl eher weniger begabt war. Aber es hat viel Spaß gemacht.
Michael
January 2020
Welcoming host, invited us into her home and family. Kawai has a great way with kids, redirecting and patient with even my wild ones! We had fun learning hula dance steps and making beautiful flower crowns!
Christian
December 2019
This is something to get to know Hawaii for real and experience Aloha. The hula is a very beautiful dance and Kawaipunahele knows a lot and loves to share her knowledge. Also the Lei making and Learning some stories was real fun. Kawai lives in a beautiful house and area right on the famous Oahu North Shore and you‘ll be treated to some stories on the neighborhood and her life. We really recommend this experience and would book it anytime again. Mahalo nui loa! Aloha
This is something to get to know Hawaii for real and experience Aloha. The hula is a very beautiful dance and Kawaipunahele knows a lot and loves to share her knowledge. Also the L…
Chad & Amy
October 2019
One of the highlights of our trip. Informative and fun. Me and the wife enjoyed ourselves, and the fresh flower lei smell so good!
Jade
October 2019
Lovely experience with my young daughter who loves flowers. Learned hula steps and it was super fun! She shared personal stories and her years of hula and Hawaiian experiences.
Julia
September 2019
Wonderful! There are no words for what I experienced there. She told me a lot about Hawaii, its culture and traditions, it’s history and taught me about hula and Lei. I loved the flowers and I did throw them in the ocean hoping my life will take me back to this magical place some day :)
Wonderful! There are no words for what I experienced there. She told me a lot about Hawaii, its culture and traditions, it’s history and taught me about hula and Lei. I loved the f…

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Cancellation policy

Any experience can be canceled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

Up to 6 guests ages 5 and up can attend. Parents may also bring children under 2 years of age.

More tips

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