The Ohana Dance Group and Kuhai Halau O Ke`alaanuheaokalaua`e is a non-profit, multi-generational hula halau where students of various ages, backgrounds, and abilities are exposed to the Hawaiian culture and music through traditional hula. Because ohana means "family", our goal is to maintain a family-oriented atmosphere where students can enjoy learning about the Hawaiian culture.
The Ohana Dance Group and Kuhai Halau O Ke`alaanuheaokalaua`e maintains a caring and compassionate approach in all that we do. We explore the depths of hula by learning the mele (poetry) of our songs, because hula tells a story through its motions. By learning the mele, we are able to dance the songs with our inner spirit, with deeper feelings of aloha (love).
Students learn about the Hawaiian culture, music language and dance. Gradually they learn to use some of the implements that the Hawaiians used to portray some of their songs. Students are taught the proper Hawaiian names for the hula steps, which are introduced as they learn their dances, and may also be exposed to dances of other cultural groups.
We embrace community service and sharing as part of our philosophy of perpetuating the Hawaiian culture and aloha spirit. Recent activities of ours include performances for schools, churches, and senior residences. We thoroughly enjoyed dancing at Shriners Hospitals for Children, UCD Children's Hospital and eleven libraries in 2011.
"The Ohana Dance Group's efforts to preserve the native Hawaiian culture through practices and educational awareness are highly commendable. Mahalo for enriching the lives of those in your community through traditional native Hawaiian performing arts."
Significant Achievements of 2016:
January 2016 - Senior Residence
April 2016 - Antelope World Fair, APIQ Conference
July 2016 - Fairy Tale Town, Senior Residence
August 2016 - National Night Out, Sacramento Food Bank, UCD Children's Hospital, Senior Residence
December 2016 - VFW Christmas, Shriners Hospital
Significant Achievements of 2015:
January 2015 - Concert with Danny Carvalho of Hawai`i at the Halau
April 2015 - Cultural Arts Awards Grant Recipient, Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission
September 2015 - Gold Rush Days, Old Sacramento
September 2015 - Ewe O Ka Hula Workshops with Loea Kawaikapuokalani Hewett of Hawai`i
October 2015 - Holomua I Ke Ao Ho`ike/Recital
Significant Achievements of 2014:
September 2014 - Ewe O Ka Hula Workshops with Loea Kawaikapuokalani Hewett of Hawai`i
Significant Achievements of 2013:
March 2013 - SCUSD School Readiness Fair, Serna Center
June 2013 - Holomua I Ke Ao Ho`ike/Recital at Sierra II