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Hawaiian Music and Culture
in the New York City Metro Area
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Concerts and Events | Hula Instruction | Entertainers
Organizations/Clubs | Hawaiian/Polynesian Stores



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* Hālāwai Presents Hula & Talk Story Workshop with Kumu Hula Kekuhi Kanahele and Kaumakaiwa Kanaka'ole

Kekuhi Kanahele and Kaumakaiwa Kanakaʻole are granddaughter and great-grandson of Edith Kanaka'ole, one of the leaders of the Hawaiian Renaissance movement of the 60s and 70s. Both are multiple Na Hoku Hanohano Award-winners and respected educators in Hawaiian cultural practice and hula.
 
Date:    Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Time:    6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Location:    Ripley Grier Studios
520 8th Avenue, 16th Floor
(between 36th St and 37th St)
New York, NY 10018-4177
[Directions]
Cost:    $35 for pre-registration (form and payment received by 11/12/2013).
If paying by check, mail form and payment to:
Hālāwai, PO Box 250189, New York, NY 10025-1533
Please note that pre-registration payment is non-refundable
On-site registration: $50 CASH ONLY
Download Registration Form
 
* Live@365 - Hawaiian Song: Kekuhi and Kaumakaiwa Kanakaʻole

An evening of contemporary and traditional Hawaiian music by this mother and son duo. Kekuhi Kanahele and Kaumakaiwa Kanakaʻole are granddaughter and great-grandson of Edith Kanaka‘ole, one of the leaders of the Hawaiian Renaissance movement of the 60s and 70s that brought hula, Hawaiian art and culture, and Hawaiian language back into the active life of the islands. They will be joined by Shawn Pimental on guitar.

Presented in partnership with Halawai’i.
 
Date:    Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Time:    7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Location:    Elebash Recital Hall, Room 1201
The Graduate Center/CUNY
365 5th Ave (at 34th St)
New York, NY 10016
[Directions]
Tickets:    $25, $20 members
Get tickets online at ShowClix
 
* Annual Hawaii Potluck Picnic in Central Park

Started over 20 years ago by members of the local Hawaiian community to celebrate May Day, the annual Central Park Picnic brings together over 300 people from the Hawaiian community together each year on the first Sunday of June in a Hawaiian style potluck with ono food, kanikapila Hawaiian music and hula. Everyone is invited to dance hula or play some Hawaiian music so bring your mele, hula and instruments. There will be a CD player and small sound system available. It's a potluck so bring your favorite local dish to share and your own non-alcoholic beverages as well as trash bags for clean-up.

 
Date:    Sunday, June 1, 2014
Always the first Sunday in June (rain or shine)
Time:    Noon to 5 PM
Location:    Norman Landscape - Central Park
Central Park West and W 86th St
New York, NY 10024
Directions:    Norman Landscape in Central Park: Enter at 86th Street and Central Park West, picnic area is on the left.
 

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* Halau Hula 'O Na Mele 'Aina 'O Hawai'i
 
Instructor:    Luana Haraguchi
Web:    http://www.hulanewyork.com/
Info:    (212) 472-1302, (845) 359-9214 or email HawaiianArtists@aol.com
Class Locations:    Manhattan
250 W 54th Street
(Between Broadway and 8th Avenue)
Nola Studios - 11th Floor (or Carson Studios - 10th Floor)
New York, NY 10019
(Classes held outdoors in Central Park during the spring/summer, weather permitting)

Rockland County
249 Betsy Ross Drive
Orangeburg, NY 10962
Classes:    Adult
New York City:  Mondays and Thursdays, 7 PM - 9 PM
Orangeburg:  Sundays, 10 AM - 1 PM

Keiki (Children)
Orangeburg:  Fridays, 4 PM - 5 PM
 
* Makalina
 
Instructor:    Makalina
Info:    (917) 309-3020 or info@tinybubbleband.com
Class Locations:    Lotus Music & Dance
109 West 27th Street, 8th Floor
(between 6th and 7th Avenues)
New York, NY 10001
Classes:    Hula and Ukulele Class Schedule

 
* Na Lehua Melemele
 
Instructor:    Lisette Kaualena Flanary
Web:    http://lehuafilms.com/pages/nalehuamelemele.html
Info:    (630) 697-9655 or nlmhula@gmail.com
Class Location:    Dance Theatre Workshop
219 W 19th St
(between 7th and 8th Avenues)
New York, NY 10011
Classes:    Hula Basics: Hula Dance Class for Beginners 2010 Flyer (PDF)

 
* Halau Na Pua Mai Ka Lani Nuioka
We are a new branch of Halau Na Pua Mai Ka Lani based in Kalihi, O'ahu under the direction of Kumu Hula Kale Pawai.
 
Instructor:    Tristan Vizconde (NYC alaka'i)
Web:    http://napuanuioka.wix.com/nuioka
Info:    (646) 643-0796 or napuanuioka@gmail.com
Class Locations:    Manhattan
Project Reach
39 Eldridge St, 4th Floor
New York, NY 10002-5276

Queens (Long Island City)
The Arts Cure Center
3718 Northern Blvd, Rm 315
Long Island City, NY 11101-1635
Classes:    Adult classes - all levels
 

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* Hawaiian Artists Shows – Aloha Paradise Revue
 
Web:    http://www.hawaiianartistsshowsnyc.com
Info:    Luana Haraguchi or Frank Bryant at (212) 472-1302, (845) 359-9214 or email HawaiianArtists@aol.com
 
* The Tiny Bubble Band Featuring Makalina's Hawaiian Express
 

Total Entertainment Package For Our Full 8 Piece Group – 5 Piece Live Band Plus 3 Dancers

Web:    http://www.tinybubbleband.com
Info:    Makalina at (917) 309-3020 or info@tinybubbleband.com
 
* Hawaiian Tropical Paradise
 

Hawaiian Tropical Paradise Revue with fire & knife dancer, and full Hawaiian decoration packages.

Web:    http://www.hawaiianparadise.com
Info:    Enjole at (516) 563-3359 or enjole@hawaiianparadise.com
 
* Andy Wang
 

Andy Wang is a performer of traditional Hawaiian slack key guitar and contemporary Hawaiian music.

Web:    http://www.andywangmusic.com
Info:    Andy Wang at (973) 400-9264 or andywangmusic.com/contact
 

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* Halawai

Halawai is committed to building and supporting a community of people who share a common background or interest in Hawai'i. In the tradition of extended 'ohana (family), Halawai perpetuates the aloha spirit by bringing people together and providing a gathering place.
 
Web:    http://www.halawai.org
 
* Hawai'i Cultural Foundation

The Hawai'i Cultural Foundation (HCF) is a non-profit organization dedicated to perpetuating Hawaiian culture outside of Hawai'i. HCF develops programs that create a deeper understanding of ancient and contemporary Hawaiian traditions, and strives to strengthen a community of people who share a common ancestry, background or interest in Hawai'i.

NOTE: On February 12, 2007, the Hawaii Cultural Foundation posted a message that it has come to a close as it celebrates it's 10th anniversary since it was founded in 1997. Mahalo nui loa to founders Janu Cassidy and Michelle Akina; and NYC Ambassador of Aloha Nersa Miller!
 
* University of Hawaii Alumni Association – East (New York)

This chapter was founded in March 1989. The UHAA-East chapter covers the eastern states of New Jersey, Connecticut, New York, Massachusetts and Rhode Island.
 
Web:    UHAA–East Chapter
Info:    Karen Liu
karencliu@aol.com
 
* Columbia University Malama Hawaii

Malama Hawaii is an organization committed to two roles; We aim to share the unique culture of Hawaii with the Columbia community, and we also strive to provide a support structure for students from Hawaii as the transition can be a difficult one to make. Our events include monthly general body meetings, weekly hula/Tahitian dance workshops, and a van trip to an outlet mall in the early fall to buy winter clothes. We had our first annual fall special event, Pa'ina, in October on Barnard's campus. It featured tropical mocktails, full dinner, tahitian dance performances, and a special polynesian firedancing performance. April will see our third annual Lu'au. We will have more traditional dance performances, live music, late lunch/early dinner, and possibly a contest. We worked with CJS to host a Jawaiian Party just before the 65th anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor. We have also participated in Casino Night and Glass House Rocks. Over the summer, the Malama Hawaii board works in partnership with the Columbia Alumni in Hawaii to organize and host the new student sendoff in Honolulu.
 
Web:    Malama Hawaii
 
* New York University (NYU) Hawaii Club
 
Web:    Hawaii Club
 
* Cornell University Hawaii Club
 
Web:    http://www.rso.cornell.edu/hawaiiclub/
 
* Princeton Hawaii Club

A group for people from Hawaii and their friends.
 
Web:    Hawaii Club
 
* University of Pennsylvania Hawaii Club

The Penn Hawaii Club keeps the “Aloha spirit” and island traditions alive here in West Philly, even as they’re hundreds of miles away from the archipelagic U.S. state.

In addition to putting on an annual luau, upperclassmen members each year take freshman to King of Prussia Mall so they can buy some much-needed winter clothes (not necessarily needed back in Hawaii). When May rolls around, parents cross the mainland to “lei” graduates with flora fresh from home. The student pictured at right displayed the custom in 1992. Here, she adorns her cap with a haku lei, and adds a ti leaf lei, along with an orchid lei, atop her Penn gown.
 
Web:    Hawaii Club
 

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* L&L Hawaiian Barbeque
 
Web:    http://www.hawaiianbarbecue.com
Location:    64 Fulton St [and Cliff St]
New York, NY 10038
Phone: (212) 577-8888
 

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