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
is always right. It is
not the haumanaís place to give orders or tell others what to do unless otherwise authorized by Kumu
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.
Code of Conduct
- 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.
down or using foul language to your kumu or other hālau members may be an automatic dismissal from the hālau
- It is not the kuliana (responsibility) of individual haumana to speak on behalf of others if the others did not ask them to.
- Present issues in a professional, respectable manner and the response will be presented in the same manner
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
- 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
- Hula motions
are not to taught outside of the hālau without consent from kumu
- It is
not the haumanaís (studentís) place to change any motion without consent
and acknowledgment should be given to any outside person (kokua) invited
to the hālau. You should always
greet them first not vice versa
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.
- 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.
- Do not
enter the studio while another class is in session. Please patiently wait outside until
their class is done
your footwear at the door prior to entering the class.
- If you
need to talk to kumu, do it before or after class
keep noise to a minimum
- If you
bring children, please refrain from letting them run free in the studio
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
Women (includes keiki):
neatly groomed, pulled back in ponytail, not just thrown up please, (it
makes you look lazy)
T shirt or tank top at all rehearsals please
pants or light weight athletic pants under Pa`u or shorts. NO JEANS!!
- 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):
- Pa`u skirt, shorts
or sweats light weight athletic pants, solid white or blue preferred
T shirt or tank top should be worn at all rehearsals.
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
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:
- A warning to the
individual(s) about the behavior
- 2nd warning and 1 week suspension from halau
- Final Written Notice and 1 week suspension from
halau (this can be changed at Kumuís discretion)
- Termination from halau
with no opportunity to return
- 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
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
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.
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.
***REMEMBER TO ASK QUESTIONS IF YOU