Laka, Goddess of the Hula with Kumu Hula Keala Ching
Video Workshop via Zoom
Thursday, September 3, 6:30-8 pm Pacific Time (3:30-5 pm Hawai'i Time)
We are excited to host Kumu Hula Keala Ching in the second workshop of our online Zoom series with Hawaiian cultural practitioners.
Hula is life; therefore, we live our life built upon the knowledge of the Hawaiian Language, Culture, and Traditions. In this interactive workshop, we will explore Laka, Goddess of the Hula, through the lens of relevant connections to Spirituality, Observability, Accountability, Reliability, and Sustainability (SOARS).
If Hula is Life, then our performance depends upon our knowledge, our relevant storyline connected to our environment, our audience, and those we honor. Building knowledge of life allows a hula practitioner to SOARS!
Laka has an important place in traditional halau, where practitioners propitiate Laka to ho'oulu or inspire us and we seek to align with Laka through chant and dance. Laka is also a goddess of the forest and is that which makes the forest grow and thrive. There are many protocols to honor Laka and her kino lau, or embodied forms.
During the workshop, you will also learn a simple Oli (Hawaiian chant) that honors Laka to help deepen your understanding.
A link with instructions on how to attend the virtual Zoom workshop will be sent to you with your receipt after you register.
A link with instructions on how to attend the virtual Zoom workshop will be sent to you with your receipt after you register.A link to the recorded video will be sent to all registrants, whether or not you attend live.
More About Kumu Hula Keala Ching:
Kumu Keala is a Hawaiian cultural educator, composer, song writer, and spiritual advisor to many Hawaiian organizations. Kumu Keala lives and breathes aloha into his Hawaiian heritage with his strong presence and great heart.
Keala Ching was a dancer of the Men of Waimapuna under the direction of the late Darrel Ihi'ihilauakea Lupenui. In 1999 he became a practitioner of Ho'oponopono with Kupuna Malia Craver, a cultural specialist at the Queen Lili'uokalani Children's Center. He has a Masters of Education Leadership Administration from Chaminade University.
Under the tutelage of Lehua Kawaikapuokalani Hewett, Keala has spent many years learning and building his knowledge. He received the 'uniki rites of kumu hula, and is fluent in the Hawaiian language, which he uses as the foundation for teaching all of his students.
Kumu Keala lives in Kailua-Kona, where he is Kumu Hula for Ka Pa Hula Na Wai Iwi Ola. As a composer of chants and mele, he travels around the world to share hula. Kumu Keala is the Co-founder and Executive Director of Na Wai Iwi Ola (NWIO) Foundation. He is also Kumu Hula and cultural advisor to Ka Pa Hula Na Wai Iwi Ola - Japan, Halau Na Wai Pana o Keala - Kumu Yukari Uchio; Halau Na Wai 'Ula o Keala - Kumu Mayumi Takaki both in Japan; and Halau Na Wai 'Ohi'a - Kumu Noelle Delaquis in Zurich, Switzerland.
About Na Wai Iwi Ola
Na Wai Iwi Ola (NWIO) Foundation was founded to perpetuate the Hawaiian culture and practice through hula protocol and ceremonies, the use and study of the Hawaiian language, and by embracing the stories of our kupuna past, present, and future.
NWIO Foundation is a multigenerational, community-based educational foundation, currently collaborating with organizations that focus on modeling and living the Hawaiian culture, traditions, and values. Through hands-on activities, NWIO applies the knowledge shared by our kupuna through the art of hula and chants.
Halau Hula Ka Pi'o O Ke Anuenue is a Hawaiian Cultural Dance School based in Ashland, Oregon with roots on Hawai'i island. Under the guidance and direction of Kumu Andrea Luchese, our mission is to perpetuate the spirit and tradition of hula through classes, workshops, and other educational programs for all ages and levels, as well as through performance events in and beyond our community. Our intention is to inspire, empower, and elevate through sharing the sacredness of Hawaiian hula and chant.
The mission of our non-profit Kapi'oanuenue is to actively participate in the promotion, perpetuation, and preservation of the wisdom and knowledge of the Hawaiian culture and its traditional practices.