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Ohana Dance Group and Kuhai Halau O Ke`alaanuheaokalaua`e
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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 received a grant from the Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission (SMAC) which helped to fund a Slack Key Guitar Concert with Kevin Brown and Patrick Landeza in September 2008. A Kevin Brown Slack Key Guitar performance was also provided for students at Luther Burbank High School which allowed us to bring the Hawaiian culture to youth who may not have a chance to experience this art form. We also enjoyed our fun concert/ho`ike featuring Faith Ako in September 2009. In July 2011, several community groups partnered with us to present a successful Ka Pilina presentation that was free to the public.

In August 2012, Ka Welo O Ka Hula, Our Tradition, Our Hula, was presented in Sacramento, CA, so the community could enjoy the dances na kumu hula o ka Papa Laua`e learned in their hula training with Loea Kawaikapuokalani Hewett.


"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."

Neil Abercrombie, Governor, State of Hawai`i, January 10, 2011.


Significant Achievements of 2016:

January 2016 - Senior Residence

February 2016 - Danny Carvalho Concert

April 2016 - Antelope World Fair, APIQ Conference

May 2016 – Pac Rim, World Festival, SCC API Graducation Program

June 2016 - Filipino Fiesta, Firefighters Burn Institute Tropical Affair

July 2016 - Fairy Tale Town, Senior Residence

August 2016 - National Night Out, Sacramento Food Bank, UCD Children's Hospital, Senior Residence

September 2016 - Aloha Poly Fest, Senior Residence

October 2016 - Aloha Festival, including Keiki Korner

November 2016 - Ka Palakiko

December 2016 - VFW Christmas, Shriners Hospital

Significant Achievements of 2015:

January 2015 - Concert with Danny Carvalho of Hawai`i at the Halau

February 2015 - SCUSD School Readiness Fair, Serna Center

March 2015 –International Folk Dance Concert, Sacramento City College

April 2015 - Cultural Arts Awards Grant Recipient, Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission

May/June/July/August 2015 – 10 Library Performances, Read to the Rhythm

July 2015 - Veterans' Event
, Concert with Faith Ako of Santa Rosa at private residence in Sacramento

September 2015 - Gold Rush Days, Old Sacramento

September 2015 - Ewe O Ka Hula Workshops with Loea Kawaikapuokalani Hewett of Hawai`i

October 2015 - Aloha Festival, Cal Expo

October 2015 - Holomua I Ke Ao Ho`ike/Recital

Significant Achievements of 2014:

Feb/May/July 2014 - Veteran's Events

March 2014 - SCUSD School Readiness Fair, Serna Center, International Folk Dance Concert, Sacramento City College

May/June/July 2014 - Library Shows

June 2014 - Poolside Concet with Kua`aina, Private Residence

September 2014 - Ewe O Ka Hula Workshops with Loea Kawaikapuokalani Hewett of Hawai`i

October 2014 - Aloha Festival, Cal Expo

October 2014 - Finalist, Arts Management Excellence Category, Prelude Awards, Arts and Business Council

November 2014 - Holomua I Ke Ao Ho`ike/Recital, Clark Center, San Luis Obispo

Significant Achievements of 2013:

February/April 2013 - Veterans' Events

March 2013 - SCUSD School Readiness Fair, Serna Center

May/June/July 2013 - Library Shows

June 2013 - Holomua I Ke Ao Ho`ike/Recital at Sierra II

October 2013 - Aloha Festival at Cal Expo, Sacramento World Music and Dance Festival, Old Sacramento

November 2013 - Concert with Sean Na`auao of Hawai`i at the Halau