April 8 - 12, 2017 at The OMNA Institute

Halau "Ne'e Mai Na Iwa Me Hi'iaka" invites you to join the:

Hula Immersion

A Week of Hawaiian Culture

with Roselle Keli'ihonipua Bailey (Maui) and Ka 'Imi Na'auao im Dialog mit Hawaii e.V.

Costs: 360 € (5 full days)

Hawai'i Nei  is this Hawai'i here, now, in this very moment.

Hawai'i Nei  can be in the gesture of a hula dancer, in the strike of the pahu drum or in a lei given with aloha. 

Hawai'i Nei  is not simply the beaches, forests and waterfalls of Hawai'i. 


It is beaches where outrigger canoes are launched into the ocean or where people gather for a hukilau (a traditional form of fishing that requires many people – hardly seen nowadays, for lack of fish and lack of time... people need to work paid jobs to make a living, don't they?). It is forests where you can listen to birds that don't sing anywhere else (many endangered, many long silent) and where koa, 'ohia lehua, lama, maile, laua'e and palapalai are flourishing (as long as they are not overgrown by introduced invasive plants). And it is rivers and waterfalls where hihiwai and 'o'opu can be found, carrying enough water to guarantee the survival of their inhabitants and the irrigation of taro fields (good luck! - much, too much is absorbed by ever-thirsty golf courses and hotel pools – ).


These places do not only have an ecological dimension but a cultural one. The ones grown up with or educated in hawaiian culture will find there favored food and materials for the crafting of tools, instruments and adornment. It is their home. The places and their names carry the memory of historical and mythological events. Everything conveys meaning, reason, sense. It is Hawai'i Nei. Through hula this home travells, without giving up its memory, into the distant. Hawai'i Nei  can be everywhere. 

Who dares to be a dancer . . .

The training of a hula dancer comprises much more than dancing technique. We are dealing with a dance form that is inseparable from a specific culture, environment and history which seems, not just geographically, rather far away from Europe. At the same time there exists a deep connection through colonial history, the results of which cut deep into the microcosmos of individual action and communication. 


Moreover, the skills of a hula dancer include his or her voice, the mastering of instruments and the crafting of costume and adornment; also, a profound knowledge in traditional rite and mythology and the ability to interpret Hawaiian poetic texts, to put them in context and to transmit their sense to a non-Hawaiian audience. There is hardly anything more beautiful for a hula dancer than to communicate with a Hawaiian audience without words, as the dance speaks their language "head to toe". But outside of Hawaii, as well as in many parts of the modern Hawaiian society, this language is foreign to the audience. Here, hula dancers are important and much needed cultural educators and intermediaries.    


The Hula Immersion complies with these special challenges and beauties of the Hula training in our modern, globalized, much strained but dearly loved times. We welcome everybody who is sincerely interested to join our halau !  


In the mornings, regular hula instruction by Roselle Keli'ihonipua Bailey will take place for ALL levels. The course of the classes will depend on the experience, motivation and skills of the participants. We never compare ourselves with others, we only compare to ourselves. At times we will study together, at times split up in small groups. For beginners, the goal is to learn the basics. For the more experienced, it is about expanding knowledge and perspective.  


In the afternoons, there will be workshops on music, language, adornment and costume, as well as the possibility to get active in projects of our NGO. Who is in possession of an Ukulele or another instrument that can "travel" is encouraged to bring those with them – for the music workshop and "kanikapila" in the evenings. EVERY instrument (and their players) are welcome! 


We will eat together and work together with aloha (compassionate love, which is a two way street), malama (to care), kokua (to help without expectation), consideration and respect... until... "It's tiiiime to saaay Aloooohaaaa – – –leaving the land where yaka-hula taught the world how to sway; leaving the smiling little island when we sail away – – – too soo-ooon, too soo-oooooonnnnn –  


A hui hou!!!!