Hālau of ʻŌiwi Art will be dedicated to the study, practice, celebration and perpetuation of hula and various ‘ōiwi arts connected to hula. The center will be in support of the Huamakahikina Declaration, ratified by an international coalition of Kumu Hula and adopted by resolution by the Maui County Council this fall. It will be the first of its kind and the largest investment by any county or the state to establish a permanent place for hula and associated ʻōiwi arts.
Hālau of ʻŌiwi Art, will help to advance the culture of the Hawaiian people through education, classes, workshops, exhibits, activities and events centered around hula. It is a collaboration between diverse groups of Maui hālau hula, representing the breadth of Maui’s Hula Lineages, with the support of the County of Maui. We encourage you to learn about this exciting project, below are the latest updates.
Read the latest news about the Hālau of ʻŌiwi Art project
Since May 2022, the County of Maui and a dedicated group of Kumu Hula have been reaching out and gathering input from the community on the possibilities and potential for Maui’s first Hawaiian cultural center dedicated to hula and associated ʻōiwi arts. Here’s some of the feedback we’ve received.
“Our goal for the Hālau of ʻŌiwi Art is to create a center of international significance that will advance the cultural, social, and historical impact of Native Hawaiian ‘Ōiwi art. Through these efforts, our islands’ hālau hula hope to empower all people in Hawai‘i and the world, to keep these traditions alive for future generations.”
Highlights of what we've accomplished so far
to be dedicated to the study, practice, celebration and perpetuation of Hula and associated arts and as a resilience hub for shelter and recovery in the event of a disaster.
The Department of Management quarterly budget report to Maui County Council
PDF - Correspondence from Managing Director 10/2022
For updated Cultural Impact Assessment
Community consultation with Erik Fredericksen, project archaeologist for the site and multiple properties in the immediate vicinity over the last 25 years.
Hālau of ʻŌiwi Art Open House held on the Great Lawn on the UH Maui campus
- YWCA Laniākea Facility
- Kamakakūokalani Center for Hawaiian Studies
- Japanese Cultural Center of HawaiiDowntown Art Center
- Kipuka by Na Mea Hawai'i
The community outreach team hosted a series of focus groups with various practitioners of ‘oiwi arts regarding their expertise, thoughts about options for offerings in the spaces and suggestions for the facility design. The various focus groups included identifying all needs and expectations for each of the spaces including:
· Courtyard/Event lawn
· Kitchen & Event Space
· Learning Spaces
· Studio Spaces
· Workshop Spaces
· Retail/Food & Beverage Spaces
April Maui Redevelopment Agency discuss the Hālau of 'Ōiwi Art facility.
20 arts organization directors representing Wailuku nonprofits and the spaces that collaborate with them gathered for a huakaʻi (excursion). Attendees hopped on Da Bee shuttle which transported them to Maui OnStage, to Maui Academy of Performing Arts, then on to HaleHo'ike'ike/Maui Historical Society, and Imua Discovery Gardens where the group enjoyed a tour and lunch. It was an educational and inspiring day where participants heard from the various Wailuku arts organizations so that they can more accurately begin to lift one another up in a collective plan to create a Wailuku Arts District and to help shape the proposed Hālau of ʻŌiwi Art.
Maui County Council approved $43 million in funding to design and construct the Hālau of 'Ōiwi Art facility
Hālau of ʻŌiwi Art Open House held at Maui Academy of Performing Art's Promenade Food Court in Wailuku. Read our post event report.
Mayor delivers $1.045 billion proposed budget to Maui council, which includes initial funding for Hālau of ʻŌiwi Art. See FY23 Budget, page 849.
Small Town*Big Art talk story with Kumu Hula Cody Pueo Pata and artist Amanda Joy Bowers discussing the ways that the work of Mary Kawena Pukui is influencing the revitalization of Wailuku.
Mayor Victorino announces Center for Hula and Associated Arts, Hālau of ʻŌiwi Art, proposed in Wailuku Arts District on Maui.
February Maui Redevelopment Agency meeting introducing the Hālau of Ōiwi Art facility feasability design. Begins at 57:04
The Maui County Council formally adopts Resolution 21-161, supporting the Huamakahikina Declaration and the efforts to protect and advance the practice of hula, and to to prevent itʻs continued economic exploitation and appropriation.
The County of Maui provided a grant to support the Kupukalālā Kumu Hula Convention. This convention was attended by over 150 Kumu Hula and ratified the Huamakahikina Declaration on the Integrity, Stewardship, and Protection of Hula.
Small Town*Big Art blessing of "Haʻahaʻa" mural depicting Mary Kawena Pukui, which fronts proposed Hālau of ʻŌiwi Art project on Vineyard Street.
Maui County Office of Economic Development grant assists kumu with teaching during COVID-19 pandemic.
A collation of Kumu Hula gathered and formed the Huamakahikina to discuss a culturally proactive approach to the COVID-19 pandemic in Hawai’i to form the Lāhui Kānaka system.
“After this, we both took up golf on during the week and started eating fancy dinners at the local Country Club... Ha. This is not what happened at all. We suck at golf and love eating Guzman Y Gomez.”
Adam, Co-founder of Lumio
KUMU NAPUA GREIG NAKASONE shared:
The halau hula and the hula practitioners have a unique challenge in that we do not get County support. We have grown to where we are with the hard work of the Kumu Hula who lead these halau. We teach out of our garages. We teach in school cafeterias. I've been fortunate to teach at Kamehameha School, but with the limit of 10 hours of week, which truly limits the growth and my ability to reach more youth in Upcountry. In Upcountry Maui, we don't have business district, industrial area. We don't have the luxury of renting a warehouse like a lot of Central Maui halau do. A few halau who have a home pay upwards of $2,000 a month for their lease here in Central Maui... Every district on this island has baseball fields, football fields, basketball courts, and volleyball nets. We even have skate parks and even dog parks. We laugh, but there is not one single place for hula. In my halau alone we have 150 dancers. Iliahi and Haunanai have 200. Kamaka Kukona 200. My sister 175. That's just 600 students in just Central Maui. We truly need to look at what makes us unique and what defines us, and I believe hula and this culture defines us.I humbly ask that we make it a priority in this culture, and invest in these children who are working so hard and being recognized all over the world for this culture that is so unique to us.