School, Library, Residential Programs and Summer Camps
Students experience the warm sun of Hawai’i and its rich and beautiful culture as it has been passed down from ancient to modern times through their "talk story" and Ha'a Hula. Ha'a Hula is the heartbeat of the Hawaiian people. This ancient form of storytelling, that is all about community and caring for each other, is the living history of the Hawaiian people, telling their myths and legends, stories and values through songs, chants and music accompanied by movement.
Topics covered in both classes and residential programs can include:
- An understanding of the Hawaiian Islands, both geographically and historically
- The meaning of Aloha, (the foundation of their culture); ‘Ohana (family) and caring for each other, including the ‘aina (the land and Nature)
- Simple Hawaiian words and phrases and how they differ from English, such as the names for the different parts of the body
- Mele (songs) to sing and Hawaiian stories shared, based on their ancient legends
- a hands-on experience with the Hawaiian crafts - i.e., making a lei
- a show and tell with hands-on options for handling and playing some of the ancient rhythm instruments used to accompany the hula
Students can also learn
- the basic hula steps
- how to "talk story" (storytelling) through descriptive hand and arm gestures and rhythmic movements of your feet and hips.
- a simple hula, with the students being encouraged to be creative in how they express themselves and the story through the movements.
There can also be visual presentations through power point presentations.
In a residential program, there can be the opportunity to share the hula and songs they have learned and the Hawaiian craft they have made with their families at the end of the program in a Ho'ike (Sharing), if that works for the school.