Hālau o Keikiali’i focuses on cultural traditions, including hula kahiko (ancient dance), hula `auana (modern dance), oli (chant), mele (traditional songs), himeni (modern songs), nā mea hula (arts, crafts, implements), lole hula (hula attire), ‘ōlelo (language), and mo’olelo (stories). The hālau has staged various hula productions that are both entertaining and educational. It’s comprised of both men and women, young and old, ranging from 5 to 85 years of age and presents theatre productions highlighting hula in its many aspects. Following tradition, they share what they learn with different communities so that others too can benefit from a better understanding and appreciation of Hawaiian culture. It is within the stories told in the mele, and its morals and values, that people can truly be enriched in their personal lives.
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