MiaNaja's Summer Shimmies Workshop Series! Hula with Hanai!
Cost $30 Registration 7-7:30, Workshop 7:30-9:30 pm. Pay cash or check or paypal at the door. Hanai requests that students Please wear leggings and a skirt, no wraps or pareos.
Pat Hanaiakamalama Keiser has been dancing since the age of four. Over the next twenty five years, she studied, taught, and choreographed, ballet tap and jazz, bellydance and flamenco.
In 1998, She made her first journey to Hawai’I to the island of Kaua’i. The culture and spirituality of the Hawaiian people touched her so deeply that it necame very clear that this would be a lifelong endeavor. In the spring of 1999, she met Kumu Hula Kas Nakamura, and briefly joined Halau Hula Pulama Mau Ke Aloha Ka ‘Ohana ‘Ilima, and was chosen to compete with the Halau in Hawai’I in a traditional hula competition, Ka Hula Lea, where the Halau won Honorable Mention.
She continued on to Kaua’I where she met her Hawaiian teacher Kealaaumoeuluwehinapuaokaaina. A deep bond was formed where she was formally and publicly “hanaied” into the family. From here, Keala’s sister, Kumu Hula Lana Rosa took over the hula training. It has required great responsibility in learning the culture, language, chanting, musical implements, history, and spirituality of the Hawaiian people, and in keeping it pono. She has returned bi annually to continue language and hula studies with her kumu, as well as to perform for return engagements at local restaurants and venues around Hawa’ii. These include Dukes Canoe Club on the Island of O’ahu, Tahiti Nui, Kaua’i Hula Girl, the Lihue Airport, representing the state of Hawai’I , Hawai’I Mo’olelo festival and other annual festivals on the Island of Kaua’i.
In addition, Hanaiakamalama continued her studies and performance on O’ahu with Mapuana de Silva and Halau Mohala Ilima for Ka Papa ‘Uniki Hi’ikua in 2003 and with Loea Kawaikapuokalani in the fall of 2007. She has performed in China in 2008 at the Luoyang International Arts festival respresenting the United States. Hanai has had the privilege of continuing to study and perform at hula conferences with Na Kumu Hula Sonny Ching, Chinky Mahoe, Mark Ho’omalu, George Na’ope, Keali’I Reichel, O’Brien Eselu, and Leialoha Lim Amina.
She has continued to teach and perform throughout the Mainland.