Volcano Art Center’s 2018 Hula Voices series will continue at 7 p.m. Feb. 1, featuring an interview with kumu hula Stephanie Naomi Apolo.
These free, educational offerings occur regularly on the first Thursday of each month at the Volcano Art Center Gallery in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.
Hula Voices presents an engaging, intimate “talk story” session with Hawaii Island’s hula practitioners as they share their hula genealogy, traditions, protocols, experiences and inspirations for songs, chants and choreography.
Desiree Moana Cruz will moderate this event with Apolo. At the age of 4, Apolo began her dance career with hula master George Lanakilakeikiahi-ali‘i Naope and studied with him until his retirement.
Later, she danced for other kumu including Iwalani Kalima, Etua Lopez, Ray Fonseca, Francis Henry Pohukaina “Kaina” Keana‘aina, Raylene Ha‘alelea Lancaster and Hulali Solomon Covington.
In May 2012, Apolo started Halau Hula O Kalaulani O Pu‘uanahulu with seven dancers. Her goal is to continue to share the mana‘o of Naope and the values that were taught by her kupuna of Pu‘uanahulu.
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