Hālau Hula O Ka Hoku Ākau

Hula School Of The Star In The Northern Sky

Policies and Procedures

 

First and foremost, we are a school (not just a dance group) with an emphasis in Hawaiian studies and the art of  hula. We strive to have a positive learning environment while class is in session. There are polices and procedures you must adhere to when a member.  The following policies will be enforced:
 

  • Kumu is always right.  It is not the haumanaís place to give orders or tell others what to do unless otherwise authorized by Kumu

  • What kumu says goes.  (If you donít understand this, please refer to above)

  • Everything must be cleared with Kumu first:  All events, workshops, halau functions, must be brought to kumu first before plans are finalized.  It is not up to the haumana to decide to make any final decision.

  • Do not contact any other Kumu or Mentor:  Haumana are not to contact any of your kumu's teachers, instructors, mentors or kumu.  This not your place to do.  All correspondence or requests need to go through your kumu.  If there is contact without your kumu's knowledge, this can lead up to termination of membership from the halau.


  • E nana, e ho'olohe. E pa'a ka waha, e hana ka lima: Watch, listen. Keep the mouth closed, and the hands busy. One learns by listening and observing. Ask questions only after you've tried to figure out something yourself.

  • Keep all negative energy outside of the hālau. This includes petty bickering, complaining, talking behind peoples back, etc. If this behavior persists, you may be asked to leave the practice or leave the halau indefinitely.

  • Dancing in the hālau is a privilege, not a right.  Haumana must prove they are able to perform at the level expected.  Haumana are responsible to learn what is taught in halau regardless if they are performing it or not.  If the haumana are not able to perform at the level expected by Kumu,  they will be pulled from that specific piece or performance.
Code of Conduct
  1. Talking down or using foul language to your kumu or other hālau members may be an  automatic dismissal from the hālau
  2. It is not the kuliana (responsibility) of individual haumana to speak on behalf of others if the others did not ask them to.
  3. Present issues in a professional, respectable manner and the response will be presented in the same manner
  4. You may perform the hula you learn in hālau outside the hālau with your hula brothers/sisters or alone.  However, please do not teach our meles to anyone outside the hālau
  5. In a party setting, if a musician or host asks you to dance and you know the song, as a hula dancer, it is respectful that you share your hula
  6. Hula motions are not to taught outside of the hālau without consent from kumu
  7. It is not the haumanaís (studentís) place to change any motion without consent from kumu
  8. Respect and acknowledgment should be given to any outside person (kokua) invited to the hālau.  You should always greet them first not vice versa
  9. When leaving the hālau for any reason, it is proper to let kumu know.  Remember not all knowledge is taught in one hālau.  It is out of respect for your kumu that you advise him/her of your plans.

Practice Time

  1. Be at hālau 15 minutes prior to starting time to stretch out.  Start time means you are ready to go, not be walking into class.
  2. Do not enter the studio while another class is in session.  Please patiently wait outside until their class is done
  3. Remove your footwear at the door prior to entering the class.
  4. If you need to talk to kumu, do it before or after class
  5. Please keep noise to a minimum
  6. If you bring children, please refrain from letting them run free in the studio
  7. Leave your problems at the door. Do not bring the negative energy in to the hālau.  If you cannot, you will be asked to leave.

 

Grooming and Dress Code

Women (includes keiki):

  1. Hair neatly groomed, pulled back in ponytail, not just thrown up please, (it makes you look lazy)
  2. Hālau T shirt or tank top at all rehearsals please
  3. Sweat pants or light weight athletic pants under Pa`u or shorts.  NO JEANS!!
  4. Hula Pa`u (skirt) are to be put on and taken off while in class only or as instructed by kumu.  Please respect your Pa`u and implements. Do not walk over or throw them to the side, walk around your implements.

Men (includes keiki):

  1. Pa`u skirt, shorts or sweats light weight athletic pants, solid white or blue preferred please
  2. Hālau T shirt or tank top should be worn at all rehearsals.

 

Performance Protocol

 30-60+ days prior to a performance, all practices are mandatory.  If you miss more than 1 practice during that time, you will not perform.  Itís only fair to your hula brothers and sisters because if anything changes during that time  and you are not there, it puts all of us in a situation where we must wait for you or adjust for your absence.  We will not backtrack for you.  It is your responsibility to know the meles you are performing. If the haumana are not able to perform at the level expected by Kumu,  they will be pulled from that specific piece or performance.


Disciplinary Actions

Arguing, confrontations, yelling, bad attitudes will not be tolerated in hālau. This may result in automatic withdrawal from class. 

The following actions will result if the above behavior occurs:

  1. A warning to the individual(s) about the behavior
  2. 2nd warning and 1 week suspension from halau
  3. Final Written Notice and 1 week suspension from halau (this can be changed at Kumuís discretion)
  4. Termination from halau with no opportunity to return
  5. These guidelines are subject to change at anytime depending the severity of the situation

Leave of Absence From The Hālau

You can request a leave of absence from the halau up to 90 days, (Note, this will be approved one time per year).  Your membership fees will be suspended and will resume on your return. You are considered an active member of the hālau through the duration of the leave.  You will be responsible for all assignments that are assigned during this time. They will be required to be handed in or emailed to kumu prior to your return.

If you are on a leave of absence during the time of a review challenge or recital,  you will be required to complete a written exam of each of the  items performed in the challenge/recital along with other duties that are assigned to you. Your ability to perform the items will be assessed at a later date.

 If you request more than 90 days, I will assume you are not interested in the halau and will then recommend you re-register when you are ready to return.  All applicable fees (including registration fees) must be paid prior to your return. 


Late, Absent and Hālau Termination

If you are not going to attend a rehearsal or be late, please contact kumu

If you miss 4 consecutive practices with no contact from you, I will assume you are no longer interested in hālau, an email will be sent you notifying you of your termination from the hālau and all personal information will be deleted. If you want to return, all registration fees will along with 3 months membership fees must be prepaid along with a written reason for your return.

Cancellation of Hālau Membership

If you choose to cancel your membership with us,  you need to let your kumu know 30 days in advance of your intent.  Your membership fees will then cease upon receipt of your notice.  All your past due memberships must be paid during the 30 day time frame.  If any outstanding membership fees are not collected, this will be considered a debt and will be handled with appropriately with the laws of the Fair Debt Collection Act.  Collection fees may apply.  Your personal information will be deleted from the data base with 30 days of your membership cancellation notice.

Assignments

Our hālau is a school not just a dance group that meets once week.  You are the keepers of knowledge of the Hawaiian people.  Therefore you are learning all aspects of the culture, traditions and hula.

You will be required to memorize chants, oliís and various kahiko and auana meles and motions. 

You will be required to complete translation and research assignments in a timely manner. 

Periodic quiz's will be given throughout the year on specific items that are being studied at that time.

If you do not complete these tasks in the time frame allotted, you may not be permitted to uniki (graduate) to the next level (for beginners) or perform in any performances until those assignments are completed.

 

Annual Final written and Performance Exams

Our hālau is set up in two terms, Fall and Spring terms.  At the end of the Fall term, an annual final exams will be completed.  This final exam is a review of what you have learned. Please note, not all information is reviewed. This final exam is to see what information you have retained. There will be a written section and a performing section.   Each haumana is required to participate.  If you choose not to participate in the challenge, you will not perform in any upcoming performances for that year.


Annual Beginner Recital

At the end each term (usually six months) beginners will have the opportunity to perform what they have learned.  This recital is a requirement and will be their final to see if they are able to uniki to the next level.

 

Please note, that these policies and procedures are updated periodically and can change at anytime.


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