I am Kumu Hula Laureen Macugay, and I am the founder of Kūhai Hālau O Kanoheaokalikolaua’e Pā ‘Ōlapa Kahiko. I am of Polynesian decent, and I began studying hula with Kumu Hula Buddy Koakanu Carson and continued on to study further under Loea Naomi Leina’ala Kalama for many years. I have been studying, teaching, and performing hula for over 20 years and recently became enthralled with its history and background. In 2012, I formally graduated as Kumu Hula under Loea Kawaikapu.
Many teachers take on the name of Kumu Hula, but not all of them undergo the rigorous training process and formal graduation ceremony known as uniki. I have studied under several renowned teachers of hula dancing and hula culture, and I wish to pass that learning down to you. My students learn Hawaiian traditions, culture, and basic Hawaiian words and phrases. My beginners all start by learning rudimentary hula steps through Hawaiian hula terminology. I do not teach one without the other.
Because of my Polynesian background, I always felt the pull of hula dance and Hawaiian culture. I am perpetuating the culture, language, and traditions of Hawai’i through hula. Discover what drew my heart to hula dancing many years ago, and feel the ancient tug of the Polynesian religion and rituals.