Hula - the Heartbeat of the Hawaiian People

Hula, the traditional dance of the islands, is part of the Hawaiian "Healing Arts". This means that Hula is much more than a dance: It is an art with healing effects.

The basis of hula is individuality within a collective. While the music unites the movements of the dancers like drops in a wave, each person expresses his or her own innermost feelings.

In the 19th century, hula was forbidden for a long time and could only be practiced in hiding, not least because of its content: The dances depict the relationships of people, nobles, Hawaiian gods and goddesses among themselves, as well as themes like nature and love. It was not until after 1970 that the dances experienced a renaissance - one that has continued to this day.

AlohaSpirit has formed its own group of about 15 hula dancers, "Na Wai 'Ohi'a", which performs at national and international events. "Na Wai 'Ohi'a" is under the direction of Kumu Keala Ching and Kumu Noëlle Delaquis. Videos of our performances can be found here. Every year in June, the group presents what they have learned during the year in a public performance (see picture gallery).

AlohaSpirit offers you the opportunity to dance hula, play the ukulele and perform on a regular basis.

Weekly hula training at Hale AlohaSpirit.

Every Tuesday:

from 5 to 6 p.m. - ukulele and singing
from 18 to 19 o'clock - Hula foundation class
from 19 to 21 o'clock - Hula main class and chanting.

Classes are taught in the tradition of "Na Wai Iwi Ola" (The Ancient Waters of Life) as taught by Kumu Keala Ching.

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Hula Day takes place 1-time per month.

One Saturday or Sunday each month we conduct a Hula Day. We take six hours for a specific dance and chant. The lessons are taught in the tradition of "Nā Wai Iwi Ola" (The Ancient Waters of Life) as taught by Kumu Keala Ching.

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Hula School Na Wai 'Ohi'a - annual performance

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Latest Workshops

Workshop Hula
October 1, 2021
6:30 pm

Hula School Na Wai 'Ohi'a - Annual Performance

Place:

Kirchgemeindehaus, Küsnacht

We are very happy to invite you to our annual Hula performance (Hoi'ke). We will show what we have learned in the past twelve months in traditional and modern dances.

Special Guest: our teacher Kumu Keala Ching from Hawai'i

Workshop Hula
October 9 and 10, 2021
9 am to 4.30 pm

Hawaiian Hula Weekend with Kumu Keala Ching

Costs:

CHF 450.-

Place:

Stadt Zürich, Kreis 8 Seefeld

We learn Hula-Kahiko (traditional dance) and Hula Auana (modern dance). In addition, we practice chanting and learn more about the history of hula and the culture of Hawai'i.

Workshop Hula
October 30, 2021
10 am to 4 pm

Hula Kahiko Day - Traditional Dance

Costs:

CHF 100.-

Place:

Hale AlohaSpirit

Once a month is Hula Day.

We take six hours to devote ourselves entirely to a dance and song (Chant/Oli). The lessons are in the tradition of "Nā Wai Iwi Ola" (The Ancient Waters of Life) as taught by Kumu Keala Ching. The Hula Day offers beginners a good opportunity for first contact with this fascinating dance, but it is also suitable for advanced dancers to enjoy and deepen their knowledge.

Workshop Hula
18 December, 2021
10 am to 4 pm

Hula Auana Day - Modern Dance

Costs:

CHF 100.-

Place:

Hale AlohaSpirit

Once a month is Hula Day.

We take six hours to devote ourselves entirely to a dance and song (Chant/Oli). The lessons are in the tradition of "Nā Wai Iwi Ola" (The Ancient Waters of Life) as taught by Kumu Keala Ching. The Hula Day offers beginners a good opportunity for first contact with this fascinating dance, but it is also suitable for advanced dancers to enjoy and deepen their knowledge.

Workshop Hula
January 22, 2022
10 am to 4 pm

Hula Auana Day - Modern Dance

Costs:

CHF 100.-

Place:

Hale AlohaSpirit

Once a month is Hula Day.

We take six hours to devote ourselves entirely to a dance and song (Chant/Oli). The lessons are in the tradition of "Nā Wai Iwi Ola" (The Ancient Waters of Life) as taught by Kumu Keala Ching. The Hula Day offers beginners a good opportunity for first contact with this fascinating dance, but it is also suitable for advanced dancers to enjoy and deepen their knowledge.

Workshop Hula
February 26, 2022
10 am to 4 pm

Hula Kahiko Day - Traditional Dance

Costs:

CHF 100.-

Place:

Hale AlohaSpirit

Once a month is Hula Day.

We take six hours to devote ourselves entirely to a dance and song (Chant/Oli). The lessons are taught in the tradition of "Nā Wai Iwi Ola" (The Ancient Waters of Life) as taught by Kumu Keala Ching. The Hula Day offers beginners a good opportunity for first contacts with this fascinating dance; it is also suitable for advanced students to enjoy and deepen their knowledge.

Workshop Hula
March 12, 2022
10 am to 4 pm

Hula Auana Day - Modern Dance

Costs:

CHF 100.-

Place:

Hale AlohaSpirit

Once a month is Hula Day.

We take six hours to devote ourselves entirely to a dance and song (Chant/Oli). The lessons are in the tradition of "Nā Wai Iwi Ola" (The Ancient Waters of Life) as taught by Kumu Keala Ching. The Hula Day offers beginners a good opportunity for first contact with this fascinating dance, but it is also suitable for advanced dancers to enjoy and deepen their knowledge.

Workshop Hula
24. April 2022
10 am to 4 pm

Hula Kahiko Day - Traditional Dance

Costs:

CHF 100.- (Zoom)

Place:

Hale AlohaSpirit

Once a month is Hula Day.

We take six hours to devote ourselves entirely to a dance and song (Chant/Oli). The lessons are in the tradition of "Nā Wai Iwi Ola" (The Ancient Waters of Life) as taught by Kumu Keala Ching. The Hula Day offers beginners a good opportunity for first contact with this fascinating dance, but it is also suitable for advanced dancers to enjoy and deepen their knowledge.

Workshop Hula
June 25 and 26, 2022

Hawaiian Hula Weekend with Kumu Keala Ching

Costs:

CHF 450.-

Place:

Stadt Zürich, Kreis 8 Seefeld

We learn Hula-Kahiko (traditional dance) and Hula Auana (modern dance). In addition, we practice chanting and learn more about the history of hula and the culture of Hawai'i.

Workshop Hula
July 2 and 3, 2022

Hawaiian Hula Weekend with Kumu Keala Ching

Costs:

CHF 450.-

Place:

Stadt Zürich, Kreis 8 Seefeld

We learn Hula-Kahiko (traditional dance) and Hula Auana (modern dance). In addition, we practice chanting and learn more about the history of hula and the culture of Hawai'i.