Hula Class Information

Types of Hula

  • Hula Kahiko. The ancient or classical dances of Hawaii that is accompanied by chanting is called Hula Kahiko. These classes are more vigorous and also emphasize the cultural aspect of Hawaii. Many hulas are part of a hula lineage that goes back centuries through teachers such as Mary Kawena Pukui, Pat Bacon, Lokalia Montgomery, Iolani Luahine, Hoakalei Kamau’u, and Maiki Aiu Lake.
  • Hula Auana.  The modern hula called Hula Auana features 20th century and contemporary Hawaiian songs with singing accompanied by modern instruments such as ukulele or guitar. Kumu June teaches in the hula ku’i styling of the great hula master Maiki Aiu Lake.  Hula Ku’i is characterized as standing tall with a slight curve in the back and extension of arms.


Class Descriptions & Schedule


              * Adults Classes:  $20/hour or 4 one-hour classes for $70.  Cash or checks payable to Halau i Ka Pono is good and bring    

                    with you to class.

              * Children (Keiki) Classes:  $15/hour or 4 classes for $50.

       Call 708-297-6321 or email Kumu June Tanoue to confirm class schedule.  All classes and workshops are held at 38 Lake

       Street, Oak Park in the Halau's sister organization, Zen Life & Meditation Center of Chicago.


     Hula I - Beginner Classes

ADULTS:  Learn basic hula in our beginner classes. Each class is progressive to the individual, so drop in at any of the scheduled classes and build on your own skills from the previous week. While each class is different, we will focus primarily on footwork, then hand motions, and then begin to integrate hands with feet in a basic hula.  Open to women and men aged 16 and older.  No experience necessary.   Come prepared to have fun!  $20/hour or 4 one-hour classes for $70.  Cash or checks payable to Halau i Ka Pono is good and bring with you to class.

Call 708-297-6321 or contact Kumu June if interested.

KEIKI I (CHILDREN):  Ages 5 - 10 years old.  Children will learn descriptive hula learning basic hands and feet.  Call 708-297-6321 or contact Kumu June if interested. Cost:  $15/class or $50 for 4 classes for $50.Register here.

KEIKI II:  Ages 5 - 10 years.  Pre-requisite - at least 2 months of Keiki I class.  Children will learn hulas and the stories behind them.  Cost:  $15/class or $50 for 4 classes.  Call 708-297-6321 or contact Kumu June if interested.


Schedule of Classes                                               Fall 2016/ Winter 2017



NEW Beginning Tahitian Classes with Lori Murphy       4 Thursday classes only

7 - 8 pm

38 Lake St.  Oak Park, IL 

See description below

12th, 19th, 26th


Hula I  Beginning Hula    

Tuesdays 11:00 - 12:00 noon

Age 15+                           

Men and Women welcome


1st, 8th, 22nd, 29th
3rd, 10th, 24th, 31st
7th, 14th, 21st, 28th


Hula I   Beginning Hula    

Saturdays 12 noon - 1:00 pm class time

Age 16+                           

Men and Women


12th, 19th
11th, 18th, 25th


Hula II  Beginning Hula Kahiko  (classical)

Wednesdays 8- 9 pm

Age 16+                           

Men and Women

Pre-requisite - 4 classes of beginning hula


2nd, 9th, 16th, 30th
4th, 25th
1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd


Hula II  Auana

Wednesdays 7 - 8 pm

Adult women and men with 1 year experience or permission of Kumu.


2nd, 9th, 16th, 30th
4th, 25th
1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd


Hula III  Performance Class

Mondays 7 - 9 pm

Permission of Kumu


14th, 21st, 28th
9th, 30th
6th, 13th, 20th, 27th


Keiki Hula I Class

Age 5 - 10 years

Saturdays - 8:30 - 9:30 am



5th, 12th, 19th, 26th
11th, 18th, 25th

Keiki Hula II Class

Pre-requisite Hula I Keiki Class

Wednesdays 2:15 - 3:15 pm

2nd, 9th, 16th
1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd

Inquire Here for Beginner Classes













Hula II - Auana

The class will learn Auana (modern) hula.  Wonderful toning of the body and strengthening of core muscles.  Open to women and men age 15 and older) with basic hula or dance experience and permission of Kumu June.  Classes offered Wednesdays, 6 - 7 pm. 




Hula II - Kahiko

The class will learn Kahiko (classical) hula.  Learn the chants and dances accompanied by chanting.  Open to  

women and men age 15 and older) with at least 2 months of basic hula or dance experience and permission of

Kumu JuneClasses offered Wednesdays, 8 - 9 pm. 




Hula III - Performance Class


This weekly two hour class is for hula students with at least 1 year of hula experience.  It builds upon the foundation laid in beginner classes and goes deeper into the hula studying all aspects that make up the Hula: plants, chants, mythology and history.   Both the classical Kahiko is taught as well as the modern Auana.  Open to women and men and permission of Kumu June.   Now offered on Mondays 7 - 9 pm and Fridays 10 - 12 noon.




Beginner Tahitian Classes with Lori Murphy

Students will learn basic fundamentals of Ori Tahiti (Tahitian dance) in this class. You'll practice routines that are age appropriate and fun!   Students will also learn about Tahitian culture and history. Be prepared to get a good workout!

       Instructor: Lori Murphy has been studying dance since college. She turned to Bellydance over 20 years ago and    

       has been studying and performing Polynesian Dance since 2007.

      Ages 15 and older. Dress comfortably.

      Cost $15/class or $50 for 4 classes




Private Hula Lessons

Individualized attention to work on hulas - focusing on technique or learning a new dance.  Open to beginners or seasoned practitioners.   Call 708-297-6321 or email to make an appointment.  Skype lessons also available.




Performances, Group Events and Classes

      June Tanoue and students from Halau i Ka Pono are available for performances at  group    

parties like  birthday celebrations and corporate gatherings.  Kumu June is also available to give lecture/demonstrations or talks on Hula and Hawaiian culture.  Inquire for rates.