Feb. 16th, 17th and 18th 11:00 AM
Tropical Sunsation in the Main Gallery
Aquarium ticket required
July 26, 2019
Dunkin Donuts Park, Hartford, CT
7th Inning Stretch and Post Game Show
Game ticket required
August 17, 2019 1:45 PM
Riverfront Plaza, Hartford, CT
Free show on the Plaza, Main Stage
The Hula is uniquely its own beautiful art form within Polynesia. All dancers at Kaiholunuie are trained in both Kahiko, the ancient and original form of hula, and auana, the more modern form. Through hula, we hope to extend feelings of aloha to you.
Dance is an important part of Maori culture. From poi to Maori stick games, Kaiholunuie strives to honor the traditions of the Maori culture.
Resonant drumming and fast movement are what one thinks of when envisioning Tahitian dance; however, those elements are but a sampling of the varied dance styles found in Tahiti.
Kaiulani has trained in the art of Polynesian dance since age three with her mother, a former professional dancer. She grew up surrounded by the food, culture, and lifestyle, which fostered her love of the islands and dance. Kaiulani began dancing professionally five years ago at local venues and now dances for clients such as Make-A-Wish, New Britain Museum of Art, the Connecticut Science Center, and the Bridgeport Yacht Club, as well as many private and backyard events.
Kaiulani fell in love with Tahitian dance after years of performing and perfecting it, and pursues every opportunity to grow. She has taken classes with Leolani Gallardo of Los Angeles, Tehani Benjamin of Ori Manea NYC, and Hula instruction from Kumu Kawika Alfiche of Halau 'o Keikiali'i . Nurtured by all of these professionals, combined with her mother's love for the culture has inspired Kaiulani. She has begun co-teaching the keiki (children's) classes at KPDC as well as being an assistant instructor for the Maori, Tahitian, and Hula for the young adult classes.
She began wanting to dance to a broader genre of music in order to draw more young people into the culture on the east coast. This turned into an idea to fuse fitness and Tahiti ori classes together, which Kaiulani is currently in the process of launching as her own branch of KPDC, For more information and registration, visit the OriFusion! page.