Cottonwood AZ (April 9, 2015) – Get into the Aloha Spirit in Cottonwood by learning Hawaiian music, dance, and culture. Kumu Hula (master teacher) Kehau Chrisman is offering classes in Beginner Hula and Hawaiian Language. These classes are open to those who want to learn something new, have fun, and exercise, all while becoming immersed in the culture of Hawaii.
Chrisman moved to Arizona from Hawaii, where she studied for 17 years to reach the highest rank of Hula Master (comparable to a PhD in Hula) following rigorous protocols taught by well-known and respected Hawaiian hula masters. In 2004 she opened her hula school, Halau Hula Napuaokalei’ilima, in Cottonwood.
Kumu Kehau Chrisman says, “If hula is the ‘catch’ for drawing people in to learning what it is like to truly live ALOHA then I think hula is of immense value to Hawaiians and non-Hawaiians alike because it’s not really how well you dance hula, but how much you embrace the Hawaiian culture and participate in it that enhances your life, enriches your soul and raises you to a different level.”
Learning to dance hula is extremely rewarding. Here’s what some of our current students have to say: “We’re so unbelievably fortunate to have someone of Kumu’s caliber and commitment to Hawaiian culture living and teaching in the Verde Valley.” “Come, see, and experience before you decide. It’s worth an evening to explore something that could become very meaningful to you.” “It resonates with my being.”
New classes include:
Beginner Women’s Hula Class – Open to those 15 and older. Learn basic hula movements plus Hawaiian language, culture, and values. Mondays from 7 to 8pm, beginning May 4th, 2015 until June 15th. Fee is $48 for the six week session, payable in full at the first class.
Hawaiian Language Class – Open to those 16 and older. Learn Hawaiian pronunciation, simple sentence structures, and vocabulary. Wednesdays from 4 to 5pm beginning May 27, 2015 until July 15th, Fee is $8 per class.
All Cottonwood classes are held at the Civic Center located at 805 N. Main Street.