Join us for a night of celebration – Hawaiian Style! Friday, July 15, 2011 we come together for a night of Hawaiian music, culture and dance as we celebrate the release of Kawika Alfiche's newest CD – Kale'a. Kawika will be performing songs from the album as well as many other Hawaiian hits. Joining the celebration, Grammy award winning musician and legendary Hawaiian artist, Cyril Pahinui will be performing many hits of his own. Keeping the Hawaiian spirit alive, a hula performance by Kumu Kawika's local Utah halau! Truly a not-to-be missed event!
Cyril Pahinui is a legendary Hawaiian musician who specializes in playing the Hawaiian slack key guitar, or Kiho’alu. He has played Carnegie Hall twice, and contributed to three Grammy award winning albums. Cyril has also recorded over 35 Hawaiian musical releases. Currently, Cyril enjoys passing on his musical knowledge to others through his series of workshops titled: He Huaka‘i e pana ai ke ea.
Kawika Alfiche is a Hawaiian musician and Kumu Hula who’s second CD Kale’a was recently released, & which we will be celebrating at this event. Kumu Kāwika Keikiali’ihiwahiwa Alfiche has been teaching hula and other aspects of Hawaiian culture since 1994 and has been a student of the Hawaiian culture all of his life. Kāwika is the Kumu for Hālau Hula (dance group), Hālau o Keikiali’i, and Director for the Kaululehua Hawaiian Cultural Center. Kāwika spends his life teaching and sharing his culture through the hula.
Don’t miss this once in a lifetime event! When will you ever have another opportunity to experience two widely acclaimed and highly honored Hawaiian musicians on the same night in Utah? My guess is probably never again! This will be one of those events that attendees will be talking about for a long time to come, don’t miss this opportunity!
Friday, July 15th 2011
7pm – 10pm
All Ages Welcome
Hawaiian Cultural Center
741 West Smelter St.
Midvale, UT 84047
Our beloved Kumu will be returning again in June! To be more specific, Kumu will be visiting June 6th through 8th. There will be normal practice on Tuesday the 7th. Keiki class begins at 5:30pm as usual, and the Wahine & Na Opio class follows at its regular 6:30 time. Kumu has offered to teach us at an extra practice on Monday, June 6th from 6:30pm – 8:30pm at our warehouse location. Be sure to be there on time! And make sure your hair is in a bun, and no jewelry We can’t wait for Kumu’s next visit!
Watch Hula Utah live on TV! THIS THURSDAY, May 26th our Halau will be featured on KUTV 2′s News at Noon! Be sure to watch our Wahine & Keiki groups performing live for a special “Hawaiian Luau” segment.
The yard sale was a success! It was bright and sunny for the most part, and a lot of people came out to check out the goods. The shaved ice was so ono, and the neighborhood kids kept coming back for more. I think one girl kept making up relatives that were sick so that she could take it “home” to them. Thank you to everyone who showed up to help, as well as everyone who showed up to purchase something. The money will be used for a great cause.
Kumu’s visit was wonderful. It had been a long time since we all saw him, and for some it was the first time meeting him. Practice was more fast paced than usual, and in Kumu’s presence we were blessed to have him sing and play many instruments for us, rather than just dancing to a cd. We learned a new dance, and within this dance there were many new moves to learn as well. This is a dance so sacred, that I won’t even mention the name here.
Once practice was finished, Liz & Jen organized a birthday celebration for Kumu, whose birthday is this month. We sang “Happy Birthday” and had a delicious cake & milk. We all gathered around Kumu to talk story for a while until it was time to go. Kumu will be returning early next month, and we already can not wait for his return – MAHALO KUMU!
The halau will be having a yard sale Saturday, May 14th starting at 9am. All of the proceeds from the yard sale will go directly back to the halau to help us purchase some very important, and needed items. We will have a number of great items available to purchase including:
Plus many more great items. We will also have YUMMY Hawaiian style shave ice available for a donation! We are asking all of our halau members to donate anything they can to be sold, as all of the proceeds will go to help the halau. If you have nothing to donate, please be there to help Also, let your friends & everyone know to stop by and purchase something!
Our beloved Kumu Kawika Alfiche will be returning to Utah after a very long and much anticipated wait. Tuesday, May 10th Kumu Kawika will return to the Hawaiian Cultural Center to teach us new hula dances. In his absence Kumu Kawika has been working on his newly released album Kale’a as well as touring the country performing with members of his halau from San Francisco. Now that he’s accomplished finishing his album, he will be returning to Utah more often to teach and help grow our halau. Make sure that you are on time, or even early for practice on Tuesday, May 10th. You do not want to miss any moment of Kumu’s visit!
The keiki hula performance was awesome! The keiki worked really hard learning the words, singing and dancing for this performance. Their hard work paid off, they did a tremendous job! Mahalo to the keiki for working so hard, and mahalo to the parents and everyone for showing up to support the keiki, I’m sure they really appreciate it! Here are some video highlights from the performance, I hope you will enjoy them.
Aloha! The Keiki hula performance is tonight at the Hawaiian Cultural Center. The show starts at 6:45pm on the dot so make sure you get there just a few minutes early. The keiki have been practicing so hard for this performance and are super excited to be able to show you all of their hard work. See you all tonight! Pictures to follow.
Welcome to the Hula Dance Utah blog. Here you will find news about upcoming events, past events generally what’s going on with us. I will try my best to keep this updated as much as possible. Feel free to comment & give feed back. Here’s a short video I made. Enjoy! Mahalo~