Learn Hawaiian Chants and Hula
5 MONTH BEGINNERS' COURSE
Doors open until January 16, 2024
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An online Hālau (School) to build your Hawaiian Spiritual Foundation through Hula, Oli (Hawaiian Chants), and Traditional Hawaiian TeachingsYES, I'm IN!
“E hana mua a paʻa ke kahua mamua o ke aʻo ana aku ia haʻi.
Build yourself a firm foundation before teaching others.”
— #276. ʻOlelo Noʻeau. Hawaiian Proverbs & Poetical Sayings. By Mary Kawena Pukui
Let's do it
CONNECTING WITH ANCESTORS
You may be stressed out, feel distracted, and wonder if you are spiritually disconnected.
Maybe you're a practitioner of Hawaiian Lomilomi Bodywork or a Hula dancer but you donʻt know much about Hawaiian Culture.
You love your work as a lomilomi practitioner, but at the same time, you doubt if you have enough understanding of Hawaiian Spirituality. You sometimes feel that there must be deeper layers than you currently are able to see.
Keep reading if:
- You’re tired of learning spiritual teachings in the newest self-help book
- You’ve been learning from a teacher who isn’t Hawaiian and couldn't share their lineage, and you wonder if there’s a better teacher for you
- You are not sure if you're being respectful enough to the Hawaiian culture
You ARE Mākaukau (ready) to grow and elevate
It's about the spiritual dimension, if that's out of whack, then everything else is out of whack.
Getting into alignment takes work, the hana, and practice, and that's why you're here.
Imagine you finally have dedicated time to study Hawaiian Chants and Hula from a Kanaka ʻŌiwi teacher with a like-minded community full of Aloha helping you to serve your clients and loved ones in a deeper way and feel more Aloha all the time.
Imagine being able to engage in Hawaiian ceremonies and protocol on the islands of Hawaiʻi.
You feel happy because you have a living relationship with your ancestors wherever you are.
You’re excited because you're able to connect with the Hawaiian Islands when you dance Hula.
As a Kanaka ʻŌiwi, you learn about the history, spirituality, and culture of your Ancestors, re-Indigenize, and share it with your Keiki (children).
As Non-Hawaiian, you learn how to honor your Ancestors, and homelands based on Indigenous Hawaiian Practices.
Life is feeling easier for you with more Aloha so you can handle anything that comes your way.
You feel more connected with your ʻOhana, your family, and your friends.
No matter what happens, you’ll have the tools to navigate through Life and bring better balance to your life.
The Beginners’ Course Hawaiian Chants and Hula is a 5-month online course where we'll go from not knowing anything about the Hawaiian Language, Prayer, and the basic steps of Hula to chanting in Hawaiian during Protocol, sharing the origin story of Hula, and expressing Aloha through Hula and Oli.
As a result of studying Hula, Chants, and Hawaiian Teachings with us, you'll:
- Grasp the spiritual knowledge of our Ancestors so that you feel spiritually, mentally, and physically aligned
- Feeling spiritually connected so that you know you're always supported and guided
- Master the basics of Hula so you can express your aloha and connect with the Ancestors
- Be proficient in basic Hawaiian chants so that you can engage in Hawaiian protocol
- Feeling more grounded
Beginners’ Course Hawaiian Chants and Hula
- Commitment is 5 months -
What you'll get:
- 2 monthly Hawaiian Chant Practices (Papa Oli, 1 hour each)
- You'll learn essential Hawaiian Chants and Mele (songs)
- 4 monthly Basic Hula practices (Papa Hula, 1½ hours each)
- You'll learn Basic Hula steps and hula
- Basic Protocol and Moʻolelo (stories)
- 2 monthly Live Online Open Forums Traditional Hawaiian Teachings (2 hours each)
- Access to Hula and Oli Resources:
- Class replays
- Basic hula steps videos
- Access to a Private Community
- 10% DISCOUNT on Live Online classes by Mana O Molokai such as the Luna Hoʻoponopono Course, in-person workshops, and more.
As part of the Beginners’ Course Hawaiian Chants and Hula:
Learn from a traditional Hawaiian Teacher
Your teachers are 50th Generation Kumu Paʻa Nui (Teacher of Foundation) Lawrence Kalainia Kamani Aki, a Kānaka ʻŌiwi (Native Hawaiian) elder who is born and raised on Molokai, and 51st Generation Kumu Paʻa Kyrian van Vliet from The Netherlands. The lineage preserves and perpetuates ʻIke Kūpuna (Wisdom & Knowledge from the Ancestors) from the Valley of Halawa, Molokai.
Simple Course Set-up
The Beginners’ Course Hawaiian Chants and Hula include all of the Hawaiian Chants and Hula class materials plus two Live Online Open Forums for Traditional Hawaiian Teachings per month. You'll have access to the Hawaiian Spirituality Private Podcast.
Look to the Source - Nānā i ke Kumu
Learn Traditional Hawaiian Teachings from the source, passed down from Kūpuna ʻŌiwi (Native Hawaiian Ancestors).
Open Door for Questions
The ability to ask questions directly to nā Kumu is included in the Course.
Watch from anywhere
You can watch your classes and the replays from your device wherever you are through the Kajabi App.
The Beginners’ Course Hawaiian Chants and Hula is a guided and online course, with weekly live online Hula and Chant practices. There you will receive feedback on your practice from the teachers, which is a great way to move forward in your practice.
MEET YOUR TEACHERS
Kumu Paʻa Nui Lawrence Kalainia Kamani Aki
is a Kanaka 'Ōiwi Teacher of Foundation coming from a traditional lineage of 50 generations from the island of Molokai, Hawaiʻi. He teaches both Kanaka ʻŌiwi and international students who want to (re)connect with the indigenous Hawaiian Spirituality and Culture. He helps them to build their foundation on a spiritual, mental, and physical level so they can live Aloha, -have that unconditional love- and Pono, live righteously, and take on their Kuleana (responsibility) in their ʻOhana family and community.
Kumu Paʻa Kyrian van Vliet
Kumu Paʻa Kyrian van Vliet is the wife of Kumu Paʻa Nui Lawrence Kalainia Kamani Aki. She is from The Netherlands and lives on the island of Molokai since 2013. She teaches Papa Hula and Papa Oli with the appropriate Protocol to students from all backgrounds who want to (re)connect with their Ancestors. She is a student of ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi and loves the moʻolelo (stories) of the Heroes and Heroines of Molokai.
Halawa Valley, Molokai
Kumu Paʻa Nui Lawrence Kalainia Kamani Aki, 50th generation of Halawa Valley, Molokai lineage of traditional 'ike (knowledge) was born and raised in the Valley of Halawa, the most eastern part of Molokai. It was in this valley that the first Polynesians arrived on Molokai.
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Aranda Eder / Hawaiian Bodywork Practitioner, Lomi Lomi Oluea (Switzerland)
Graduate Beginners Course Aug 2020
The Beginners’ Course helped me to dive deeper into the original Hawaiian knowledge right from the start. With the recordings, I can move forward with my Hawaiian studies. Now I know my voice in a new way, and I learned new movements with my body. I didn't know before that it is nice to see me dancing HULA, and I liked the comments in FB :)
Mark Loveridge / Hawaiian Bodywork Practitioner, (Tasmania, AU)
Graduate Beginners Course Aug 2020
My problem was I didn't know any Oli or Hula off by heart and being remote from Hawaii didn't help. I felt just somewhat disconnected from the Source!
What was different about this membership were the face-to-face weekly meetings, good value for money, professional, friendly, and easily contactable!
I will say that the Oli and Hula helped me stay strong, centered, and more at ease with Aloha than if I hadn't done this, even with a tsunami of events tainting my life at the moment, my wife noticed the difference too, and said so several times. I also feel more connected to Hawaii and its essence of it, which will hopefully improve any Lomi Lomi I do.
My advice: Be prepared to do the Hana! And to make new friends.
Christy Friske-Daniels, AZ.
Graduate Beginners Course Jan 2021
I had a yearning for a deeper experience of hula and the culture. I had gotten a taste of it from a previous kumu who moved to Las Vegas and my current teacher focuses on Polynesian dance, which I LOVE, but there was something else calling.
Learning from Kumu Paʻa Kyrian and Kumu Pa’a Nui Lawrence is a huge jump!! Their integrity and commitment to teaching us to think like a Hawaiian, so we can fully grasp the cultural import behind the mele we are dancing, is immense.
And it’s shared with total aloha, no matter what my ethnic background.
As a former teacher & librarian at a public high school, I am also aware of how nurtured I continue to feel in class. I am supremely challenged, but with the grace and patience, and encouragement of Kumu Kyrian.
I was sharing with my book group about my experience here. I feel like I vibrate in a different way-praying more & attending to essence. In learning about the mele, not only do I have a deeper appreciation of the poetry and belief that everything is alive/has a spirit and an essence- the rocks, the cliffs, the flowers, and how connected Hawaiians are to the land.... but I LOVE those moments in my life when I'm really feeling it and knowing it as a truth, not just observing it in others.
This is way more than a dance class….
Rowena Katigbak / Artist (Canada)
Graduate Beginners Course Jan 2021
The problem I was having before I discovered the Beginners Course was finding information shared from an authentic indigenous spiritual perspective. It was frustrating because the information I could find on the internet was very westernized, superficial, false, and misleading.
What I loved about the Beginners Course is that everything is integrated. We learn the stories and meaning behind everything that we do and we connect with the wisdom from a place of Aloha. My hesitations before I decided to enroll were that I wanted to make sure that the teachings were authentic from an indigenous perspective. I was looking for a true source. Also, I had to consider the financial aspects.
With the first oli I learned, I felt the benefits. I felt a deep connection and joy when singing this oli. I experience these moments of connection during my studies in oli and hula. It's more than a connection with myself but also an understanding of a greater perspective and connection with the community and everything around us. Since beginning this course and integrating the teachings within my daily practice and other studies, I have been experiencing deeper moments where Spirit was sending me a message.
I am able to apply the teachings in practical ways to live my life and to be more pono. I have more work to do but I know that I am on the right path. Mahalo to Kumu Nui Lawrence and Kumu Pa'a Kyrian for their teachings and mahalo to the elders and ancestors for sharing their wisdom with us. It is an opportunity to learn from a rich deeply spiritual indigenous Hawaiian culture, and to learn how to align with your truth as well as align with the greater Truth. It's a way to preserve and honor these beautiful traditions, bring harmony, and strengthen the community. Mahalo for all the work you do!
Elizabeth T., CA.
Graduate Beginners Course Jan 2021
I wanted a better understanding of Hawaiian culture and legends. I didn't feel that my hula had much of a foundation. It was just dancing, which I love, but without any meaning behind it. I had lost interest in the hula.
You require the student to understand the background of each hula and chant. The presentations are well done and the photos help me understand the location and inspiration behind each story. I had several hesitations before I decided to do the course because I wasn't sure I could commit the time required and I wasn't sure if my poor memory would allow me to memorize the lessons.
I feel I understand the stories behind the oli and hula now, that learning by rote without any knowledge of the subject wasn't satisfying. My own interest has revived and I'm happy to be learning the culture and dancing.
I would tell anyone who is thinking about joining how reassuring and welcoming Kumu Kyrian and Kumu Lawrence are.
Kirstyn Lindsay, QLD, Australia
Graduate Beginners Course Jan 2021
I was very interested in learning Hula and expanding on my Ike from the Papa & Hoʻoponopono class sessions I attended in 2017. I wasn’t sure how I would learn Hula living overseas plus I had to rehabilitate and learn to walk again after surgery in 2018 so dancing didn’t seem an option. I was wishing I could study further with you, the frustration was that I felt like I had missed out on a dream of mine.
You have been very generous with your classes and resources and are offering a very deep knowledge base that far exceeds my understanding of learning Hula let alone Oli’s. Plus I love how we are being included in your Ohana and a broader global community.
I was worried about my fitness and mobility and if I could honour the commitment to you and your ancestors and myself. Because of the course, I felt stronger in myself and less reactive to situations in my personal life. At first, learning the systems of family and listening in to some of the talk stories on Hoʻoponopono was triggering for me but on the plus side, has unblocked a lot in my spirit and body, especially with learning Hula. I also received more interesting dreams and I am learning to think differently by learning a new language.
It benefited me in that I have something to look forward to and work towards, a strong spirit and body, and new friends
For anyone who has a love for Hawaiian culture, this would be an excellent pathway for learning. Mahalo a nui loa for your support and for sharing your wisdom. You’ve provided an opportunity for us to travel to and learn about Molokai Island from our homes across the sea. A very blessed experience.
Christine Dietrich / Entdeckungsreisen Ins Leben (Switzerland)
My life's quality is improving ever since I know you guys. I'm a much happier person than I have been 10 years ago and that is basically because of you, Kumu Paʻa Nui Lawrence Kalainia Kamani Aki, and your teachings. And of course with the help of Kumu Paʻa Kyrian van Vliet.
As I was reading the description of the class I thought to myself: "yep, check, that's exactly what it does." I can wholeheartedly confirm that all of the points listed came or are coming true in my life through the teachings.
Barbara Dempsey / Hula Instructor, Aloha Allure (California)
Kumu and Kyrian - great knowledge and good instructors with patience. Class members have good mana, the cost of the class is feasible, classroom posts/ videos are extremely helpful
Ari Perez / Hawaiian Bodywork Practitioner, Ke Aloha Massage and Bodywork Yungaburra (Australia)
I feel part of an Ohana & the teaching helps me within my life and work as I feel connected to spirit and feel guided.
Marc Pichard / Retired Translator (Canada)
I like immersing myself in Hawaiian traditions, familiarizing myself with protocol, networking with like-minded friends, keeping in touch with Molokai. I think the way things are currently organized and presented is excellent, I wouldn't change a thing.
Alicia Hall / Hawaiian Bodywork Practitioner, Rivers of Light Bodywork (WA, USA)
I like the flexibility of the schedule, the depth, knowledge, and wisdom of Kumu. I like it’s an ongoing process meeting us where we are at.
Kālena Mahelona (NZ)
Graduate Beginners Course Sept 2021
The problem I was having before I discovered your course was that I felt out of touch with knowing the proper protocol, when to use what kind of Oli, etc
I did know was that something was missing that I should know…if that makes sense!? What was different about our Beginners' Course Hawaiian Chants and Hula was the patience and compassion you shared with everyone with their efforts!
The moment that I knew that I realized the effect of the teachings was when I did my very first Oli for Papa Oli (Chant Class) was E Hō Mai. I knew it from before but was never told the moʻolelo (story) that comes with it and when to use it. When I reconnected with this Oli, I found myself so emotional when I would practice it that I could never finish it without crying or being choked up. When I learned about what it was I was chanting, I understood the emotion. I was actually feeling the power of my own voice and vibration reaching out to the other layers because I was spiritually in a different place and I was ready.
Because of the course, I feel a deep sense of peace right now. I know that everything will be ok, regardless of what I am witnessing because I have been building a solid foundation to which I can overcome everything just by going in instead of searching without.
I would recommend it for everyone if they are wanting to dive deep into the layers of who they are. Everything is set up for any student to be successful regardless of ethnicity. Mahalo nui for sharing your ʻIke with all of me and enriching my life. I cannot thank you enough.
Ivette D. G., Belgium
Graduate Beginners Course May 2022
I was in doubt whether I would participate in the course because of the chants we were going to learn and the late hour at which the lessons took place in Belgium.
The course gave me the courage to use my voice for the first time. It has given me joy in dancing and I feel I am living on a higher vibration.
Kumu Kyrian is a very sweet teacher who does that very well.
Petra Spikkel, Belgium
Graduate Beginners Course May 2022
Everything was different about our Beginners' Course Hawaiian Chants and Hula. I loved the Hula more than the Oli (Hawaiian Chants), but both were ok. Altogether it was pretty intense.
Before I signed up, I doubted whether I should join, since the course fee is quite high, and I didn't know how much time I had to invest.
One thing I noticed as a result of the course, is that on our trip during the Easter holidays I could easily go up and down a mountain (we were in Andalusia, a mountainous area) so my quadriceps had become stronger by dancing with the knees bent.
I loved doing the Oli during my morning walks with the dog, and was amazed at how fast I learned them. Also, at the beginning of the second Hula, “Ua Nani Molokai”, I couldn't follow it because I thought it was way too fast, but later it was not the case anymore. It is nice to see how fast I picked up on things.
I recommend it to anyone who loves dancing and good music, but what I noticed, it took so much of my time that other hobbies had to be put on hold such as yoga.
I think that Kumu Kyrian is a great teacher, she has a lot of patience and knows it through and through. I would like to learn more but at a slower tempo.
What is the Open Forum Traditional Hawaiian Teachings?
I don't have a good memory, can I still learn Hawaiian chants (Oli)?
What if I don't know the Hawaiian language?
I'm already part of a hālau (Hula school), is this for me?
What about refunds?
How many classes can I attend?
What kind of commitment do you expect of me?
How should I pay?
What day/time are the classes usually converted to my time?
How many times a month there is a class, but also, is it a set time? Like can I do it when my kids are asleep?
Is there anything else I need to know to be prepared for the classes?
What if I can not attend the class?
Do I get a certificate?
How can I continue after five months?
How can I go deeper into Hawaiiana?
“Be Mākaukau. Be ready for whatever, whenever. Some of the best things happen, when you least expect it.”
- Kumu Paʻa Nui Lawrence Kalainia Kamani Aki, 50th generation of Halawa Valley, Molokai lineage of Traditional ʻIke (knowledge)