Halau Pu'uwai O Aloha (The Heart of Aloha)
- Payment will be due for four (4) classes (unless otherwise stated) by the first of every month
- Payment for the full month is always required in advance, regardless of attendance.
- Cash or check (made out to “Kaleo Wheeler”) in the exact set amount will be accepted. Payments can also be made through Paypal.
- If payment is not received by the 7th of the month, a 10% late fee will be added, and the account will be delinquent until both the monthly fee and late fee are paid
- For additional family members enrolled per month on your account, a $5 discount will be given per account (not per individual).
- Payments/tuition are non-refundable.
- If the student will be unable to attend a class, please notify the Instructor (either by phone or email) AT LEAST 24 hours ahead of time, if possible.
- If you have plans and know in advance that you are going to miss a class, it is your responsibility to find out what was taught before you come to the next class, and to have learned it. This is to help you to not fall behind or slow down the class when you return.
- You also have the option of paying for a private lesson with the Instructor, purchasing a video of the hula or scheduling a time with a halau sister to go over what you have missed.
- Learn and practice what you are taught so that you can keep up with your class. You are expected to memorize the kahea for each of the hulas
- Things will come up, making it necessary to miss a class now and then; but please be aware that ongoing attendance is necessary to be successful in any class, as choreography is learned in progression.
- It is not appropriate to share what is learned at Halau Pu’uwai O Aloha with those outside the halau, including choreography, without permission from the Instructor.
- Wahine (female) dancers are required to wear a hula pa‘u. You will be given suggestions by the Instructor on where to order your pa’u.
- Handle your hula attire with respect: hula pa‘u are considered to be a sacred garment, and should not be treated casually or carelessly.
- Appropriate attire for class and/or performance is determined at the sole discretion of the instructor and should be respected.
- Always take off your shoes before you enter the heart of the halau (it’s OK to leave shoes just inside the doorway).
- Always show respect to your Instructors and assistants. When your instructor is speaking or showing an example, students will practice pa’a ka waha (if words are exiting your mouth, wisdom cannot come in). Listen and learn from what is being said or demonstrated.
- You may ask questions, but please do not interrupt or disrupt the class.Please ask at an appropriate moment, preferably during a break or during the class when the Instructor has finished teaching and has opened the floor for questions and discussion.
- Always direct your questions to your Instructor and not to your fellow students. This will help both you and the Instructor understand where you need assistance so the Instructor can provide the most accurate guidance specific to you.
- Please do not interrupt the Instructor’s teaching to correct another student in their hula. If you see someone is having a challenge with something, ask the Instructor, at the appropriate time, to go over what it is so that the whole class can benefit.
- At the end of class, all students should help to close the halau (hula school) by clearing away leftover water bottles and trash.
- Cell phones should be turned off unless you are expecting an emergency call (if so, please explain to the Instructor before class).
- Please remember to always respect your “hula elders,” which means not only your teachers and their assistants, but also your hula sisters who have more experience in this halau than you do.
- When you join a new class, show respect for your classmates by remaining at the back of the class. The front row positions belong to the more experienced dancers; wait to take a front row position until you are asked to by an assistant or your Instructor. Keep in mind that you are a guest when you are not in your own class.
- If you have to be late in arriving for class, please enter the halau quietly and find a place in the back of the class.
- You and your family members are not allowed to videotape dancers in the halau during the classes. However, you are welcome to videotape during public performances.
- If you would like to perform a hula learned from Halau Pu’uwai O Aloha, you alone must first perfect the dance as it was intended to be displayed and then perform it in front of the Instructor without fault. Even then, it will be at the discretion of the Instructor to decide whether or not you are ready to use the hula choreography outside of the halau.
- What is of the upmost importance to the halau is maintaining pono/harmony and being in aloha with each other. If a student has a conflict with the instructor or any other student, it is that student’s responsibility to schedule a ho'oponopono session in person with whom they are in conflict with to resolve the issue as soon as possible and for it to be kept out of the classroom and/or practice session.
- Any student who does not adhere to the policies as set forth here and/or causes ongoing conflict that jeopardizes the harmony of the halau, may be asked, by the Instructor, to leave.
- If a student decides that this class and this halau is not for them, and they decide to join another halau, please let the Instructor know and and why it is not for you. You will always go with the Instructor’s blessing and we want to learn from your experience.
- If you leave to try another Halau and wish to return, please contact the Instructor. It is important to know that you cannot do hula under more than one instructor or belong to more than one halau at a time.
- The Halau Pu'uwai O Aloha colors are red and black and the flower is the Lehua.
- Never use the pa'u for any activity other than dancing.
- Never take food or drink (other than water or ritual beverages) while wearing your pa'u. We don't wander around beyond the dressing area in our pa'u.
- Don't place your pa'u on the bare ground or floor. It is always on something - a chair, a table, a cloth or a mat covering for the floor.
- The pa'u is always clean and fresh, not waded up in a hula bag.
- The sacred pa'u is carried in a garment bag and must be very carefully stored and transported from place to place.
- The pa'u goes on over the head, if elastic - never feet first as this shows disrespect for the pa'u and also breaks the kapu of having it on the bare floor or ground.
- No one else should wear your personal or sacred pa'u. It is yours and yours alone.
- The Halau Pu’uwai O Aloha has a Student Dance Troupe and a Professional Dance Troupe for those interested in performing hula for others.
- The Student Dance Troupe. Students can join this dance troupe when they have been studying hula for a minimum of 6 months and the Instructor has decided that they have learned (1) the basics of the Hawaiian culture in regards to hula and (2) perfected the dance steps and learned the dances being performed by the troupe. They have a “costume” pa’u with the color and design of their choice. The students of the halau who have been performing as a group before August 15, 2016 will be members of this troupe.
- The Professional ‘Olapa Dance Troupe. It is a dance troupe of Level II Haumana students who (1) have been studying hula a minimum of a year; (2) have completed their training in becoming an ‘Olapa Dancer; and (3) join the troupe when the Instructor decides they are ready. They have a “sacred” pa’u that is the red and black colors of the Halau with the lehua blossom in the design.
Dance Troupe Protocol:
- Those performing in both Student and Professional Dance Troupes honor and respect the request and decisions of the Instructor as to what the Instructor designates as appropriate for the general appearance and success of each troupe.
- Dancers come to events dressed in dressy casual attire and handle themselves in a professional manner. They are present and focused on taking the lead from the Director as to what is needed to be prepared for the performance: getting the space set up, the sound equipment, etc. and to help pack up when the show is complete.
- In the Student Dance Troupe, all the dancers wear the same style of a single pa’u skirt, worn at the hip bone, just below the belly button, and the same style of top, sleeveless with thick straps. In addition to buying a commercial pa’u, a dancer is required to buy a flower lei, maile lei and hair piece to match the colors of their personal pa’u, with leis that look as much like real flowers as possible. The Instructor will offer guidance on what is appropriate.
- If something comes up at the last minute where a dancer will be late or unable to make it to an event, they must contact the Director of the Dance Troupe as soon as possible to let her know. It is inappropriate to change your plans from what the event coordinator has told you, as to your arrival time, etc., without contacting her first to discuss it with her.
- I hereby grant permission to use my likeness in photographs and/or videos in any and all of Halau Pu’uwai O Aloha publications, including website entries, without payment or any other consideration. I understand and agree that these materials will become the property of the company and will not be returned. I hereby irrevocably authorize the company to edit, alter, copy, exhibit, publish or distribute photos & videos for purposes of publicizing the company programs or for any other lawful purpose. In addition, I waive the right to inspect or approve the finished product, including written or electronic copy, wherein my likeness appears. Additionally, I waive any right to royalties or other compensation arising or related to the use of the photograph(s) or video(s). I hereby hold harmless and release and forever discharge the company from all claims, demands, and causes of action which I, my heirs, representatives, executors, administrators, or any other persons acting on my behalf or on behalf of my estate have or may have by reason of this authorization. I understand that this agreement will be in full effect indefinitely. I have read this release before signing the information sheet and I fully understand the contents, meaning, and impact of this release
- You must hereby acknowledge that Halau Pu’uwai O Aloha, it’s employees, agents, officers, assigns and subsidiaries, are released from any and all claims from bodily/emotional injury or illness, any and all property damage or loss, arising from participation in any classes, workshops, practices or performances offered by the group.
- The halau does not discriminate.
- Halau Pu’uwai O Aloha reserves the right to determine the suitability of all Haumana.
- These policies have been written in accordance with other halaus worldwide to help the student/haumana and dancer to have the best possible environment to learn and share Hula and to honor and have kuleana for the Hula lineage and Hawaiian culture that is being taught through Halau Pu’uwai O Aloha.
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