Na Lei Hulu I Ka Wekiu Hula Halau is a dance company dedicated to the preservation of and education about the Hawaiian culture through the art of hula. Using both traditional and contemporary forms of hula, the forty-member company performs annually to local audiences of more than 21,000 people in the full theatrical setting of its home season, as well as three to five touring or regional performances. The organization provides beginning and intermediate hula training to 300 adult students at its school, in addition to Keiki classes for children. Renewed support would enable the organization to maintain key staff salaries, increasing its capacity to develop and sustain artistic growth and organizational stability.
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for general operating support
Nā Lei Hulu I Ka Wēkiu is a dance company and school dedicated to the preservation of, and education about, the Hawaiian culture through the art of hula. Using both traditional and contemporary forms of hula, the 40-member company performs annually for local audiences of more than 21,000 people through its home season, as well as three to five tours or regional performances. The organization provides beginning and intermediate hula training to 300 adult students at its school, in addition to keiki (kids) classes for children. This grant to Nā Lei Hulu I Ka Wēkiu advances the Performing Arts Program’s Communities strategy.
for the 2020 50 Arts Commissions for dance and movement-based performance
In recognition of the Hewlett Foundation’s 50th anniversary, the Hewlett 50 Arts Commissions initiative supports the creation and premiere of 50 exceptional works of performing arts. This grant will support Na Lei Hulu I Ka Wekiu in developing and presenting "Mahu" by choreographer Patrick Makuakane. "Mahu" will be a multimedia dance theater performance that uses traditional and contemporary hula to reclaim the traditional place of honor and respect given to mahu (transgender people) in ancient Hawaiian society.