"Thank you for the many years you have contributed to Abby's education.  Hula and her Hula Sisters have all molded her into an accomplished young woman.  Believe me, I'm grateful.”   - Paula


"Thank you for an incredible Ho`ike.  I have appreciated all of your extra attention this year, whether with the solo dance, the additional practices, run-over time, or extra performances.  It certainly paid off.  Your note in the program just reminded me of each and every amazing Sunday evening of hula.  It warmed my heart.  There have been so many occasions where school and other obligations completely overwhelmed me, but dancing in class relieved all of my stress and anxiety.  Six years with your studio has created so many treasurable memories.  All of us ladies have been so fortunate to learn from you.  My mom and I have always admired the beauty of your dancing.  I like to tell my friends how my hula instructor is eternally young, as your movements are so memorizing, and so too is your emotional connection to your dances.  The elegance is timeless.  Thank you so much for a unforgettable experience.  Mahalo nui loa, and a hui hou."   - Kirstin

"Hula class has been the one thing that calms me and starts me off on a real positive note to the work week.  I absolutely love it."  - Emi

"I just wanted to express my appreciation to you and how much I enjoyed the Ho`ike yesterday!  All my guests have also mentioned that they liked how the program was designed; especially the parts where the audience was getting involved :)   I am so proud to be learning HULA under a great Kumu like you, Laura!!"  - Ryoko

"Thank you so much for the gift of dance to our community.  You were the highlight of the evening!"  - Sharon

"Just letting you know that I'll be back this year again for sure 😁.   I love it.  The bond us girls (and new girls) made this year has made the experience richer, and I can't wait to arrive at the studio to practice with them every week. We have a texting tree, and are constantly chatting on it, about dances, chants, costumes, family, birthday wishes... Even now, in the summer, the chat thread blows up my phone about this or that, a reminder that I've made a family at your studio."  - Melissa 

"Just wanted to thank you for such a terrific class yesterday.  I really enjoyed it!  You’re a wonderful and patient kumu…and I love the other haumāna too.  I so look forward to everything we’ll be doing."  - Nevada

"We are so blessed by the gift of hula you have given us!"  - Emily

“THANK YOU once again for all that you gave to Emily this year in hula class.  The final performance was stunning! “  - Karen

"The show was just amazing, with lovely dances and such great smiles from your dancers.  Thank you for such a great day."  - Elaine

"Mahalo to you for being wonderful you!  I have so enjoyed my time in class. Our group has such camaraderie and hula spirit- I love it!  I can't wait for this next upcoming year.  You always seem to have a great vision as to how we pull costumes together!  Thanks for all you do, you have been an amazing kumu, and I love your classes.  Mahalo!!!!"  - Wendy

"What a great time I had last night at Hula!  I'm really looking forward to next week’s class.”  - Deb

"I had so much fun. I love my hula sisters and this hālau.   We got rave reviews by my family and friends who were there."  - Cindy

“I had a great time dancing again learning the beautiful Island songs.  Thank you for the opportunity!”  - Sabrina

“What a wonderful hō`ike this year!  All of my friends and family that attended were just amazed with how beautiful we all danced, some even brought to tears!  Our hard work and dedication really showed."  - Jessica

“Hey Laura, I wanted to thank you for such an INCREDIBLE Year!!  Classes were fun and we did an awesome job at the Hō`ike!!  Thank you so much for a wonderful year of hula ... it's like being in Hawai`i all year round!!  Anyway, thank you so much and I can't wait to see you again in the Fall! Thank you!!!!”  - Sarah

“The Festival of Cultures was a great success!  Again, thank you so much for sharing the hula dance with us.  Everyone really enjoyed your show and instruction on how to move.”  - Sue

“Just wanted to give you some feedback that tonight's class was EXCELLENT.  Thank you for reviewing the movements to the 1st and
2nd stanzas of 'These Islands'.   I'm looking forward to next week's class!”  - Celeste

“Mahalo for sharing your gift and passion for teaching hula!  We enjoyed the show so much and so did many of Kyla's friends, teachers and family.  A comment I wanted to share with you that came from two different friends that saw the show:  They especially enjoyed the kahiko dances because of your chanting and the dances seemed ‘more Hawaiian’, unique, and authentic to them.  They also liked the `oli the women did.  Thank you again for everything.“  - Carol

“I want to thank you and your dancers for the wonderful performance you gave us last Saturday.  It was so entertaining and so much fun to watch—it was clear how much you and your dancers enjoy what you do.  I look forward to bringing your group back next year for another summer lū`au!”  - Carmen

"On behalf of Providence O'Christmas Trees and our residents, I would like to extend a heartfelt THANK YOU for your participation in our Christmas Carnival event.  Your creativity and liveliness added such a wonderful dynamic to our holiday festivities.  We greatly appreciate you taking the time to share your talents with our community!" - Jaime, Events Manager

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Class Schedule

Classes are held on SUNDAYS

Kaikamāhine (girls age 8 - 12)
Hula II (advanced, age 13 - adult)
Hula I (beginner-intermediate, age 13 - adult)

Students learn confidence, self expression, stage presence, to dance in unity with others, proper execution of their dance, and language.  Primary focus is hula kahiko (traditional) and hula `auana (contemporary) - in traditional `ai ha`a style -  with some Tahitian and Maori.


Melelani Hula Studio

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