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

Unless otherwise noted, cost is $15 per one hour class or $50 for 4 classes. Two hour classes are $25.   Make checks payable to Halau i Ka Pono and bring with you to class or register online below.  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 and hip motions, and then begin to integrate hands with feet and hip movements in a simple hula.  Open to women and men aged 16 and older.  No experience necessary.  Call 708-297-6321 or contact Kumu June if interested.

Calendar of Classes                                  Fall/Winter 2014 - 2015



Hula I     Beginning Hula Mondays 6-7 pm               

Age 16+                           

Men and Women

3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th
8th, 15th
5th, 12th, 19th, 26th

Hula I  NEW Beginning Hula    

Tuesday 11:00 - 12:00 noon

Age 16+                           

Men and Women

4th, 11th, 18th, 25th
9th, 16th
6th, 13th, 20th, 27th

Hula I   Beginning Hula    

Saturday 8:30 - 9:30 am

Age 16+                           

Men and Women

1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd
13th, 20th
10th, 17th, 24th, 31st
Hula II  Beginning Kahiko Wednesdays 6-7 pm for Nov and Dec 2014 only. 
5th, 12th, 19th
10th, 17th

Hula II  Auana Wednesdays 7-8 pm for Nov and Dec 2014 only. January 2015 class meets from 6 - 7 pm.          

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

5th, 12th, 19th
10th, 17th
7th, 14th, 21st, 28th

Hula III  Performance Class

Mondays 7 - 9 pm

Permission of Kumu


3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th
8th, 15th
5th, 12th, 19th, 26th

Hula III Performance Class

Fridays 10 am - 12 noon

Permission of Kumu

7th, 14th, 21st
12th, 19th
9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th

NEW  Introduction to Tahitian

Wednesdays  7 - 8 pm, $50/month

Instructor: Lori Murphy (photo below of Tahitian Class)

7th, 14th, 21st, 28th

Register Here for Beginner Classes




Register Here for Tahitian Classes











Hula II - Auana

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




Introduction to Tahitian

      Students will learn basic fundamentals of Ori Tahiti (Tahitian dance) in this class. You'll practice age appropriate

      and fun routines! Students will also learn about Tahitian culture and history . Ages 15 and older.No experience

     necessary.  Dress comfortably.



Hula III - Advanced Kahiko and Auana


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.  Cost for 2 hour class is $25/ class or $100/month.  



Private Lessons

Individualized attention to work on hulas - focusing on technique or learning a new dance.  Open to beginners or seasoned practitioners.   Call 708-445-1651 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.