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

       Prices: $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 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

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


Schedule of Classes                             Spring/Summer 2016



Hula I  Beginning Hula    

Tuesdays 11:00 - 12:00 noon

Age 15+                           

Men and Women welcome

5th, 12th, 19th, 26th
3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th
14th, 21st, 28th

Hula I   Beginning Hula    

Saturdays 8:30 - 9:30 am

Beginning June 18th Class times will change to 11 - 12 noon through the Summer.

Age 16+                           

Men and Women

2nd, 9th, 16th
7th, 14th, 21st
18th, 25th

Hula II  Beginning Hula Kahiko  (classical)

Wednesdays 8- 9 pm

Age 16+                           

Men and Women

Pre-requisite - 4 classes of beginning hula

6th, 13th, 20th, 27th
4th, 11th, 18th, 25th
8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th

Hula II  Auana

Wednesdays 7 - 8 pm

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

6th, 13th, 20th, 27th
4th, 11th, 18th, 25th
8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th

Hula III  Performance Class

Mondays 7 - 9 pm

Permission of Kumu


4th, 11th, 18th, 25th
2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd
13th, 20th, 27th

NEW Keiki Hula Class

Age 5 - 10 years

Special Children's Beginning Class starts April 11 - May 23, 2016

Mondays 3:15 - 4:15pm

11th, 18th, 25th
  2nd, 9th, 23rd

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.   



Private 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.