2017 Hawaiian Hula Workshops by Kumu Hula Leihi'ilani Kirkpatrick

January 27, 2017 - 6pm-8:30pm | January 28, 2017 - 9am-9pm | January 29, 2017 - 1:30pm-8:30pm


Welcome to our event online registration website for our Hawaiian Hula Workshops and HHI Cultural Village Workshops to be held at the San Marcos Community Center in North County San Diego, California.

REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN.  If you are a past participant of the 2015 or 2016 Hawaiian Hula workshops, you should have received a private promotional code to continue to avail of 10% OFF discount through JANUARY 18.  Please contact us if you have not received your email.

For assistance with offline registration (for you non-technical people), please contact Kalani Alegre via email: registration@hawaiianhulainternational.com

For frequently asked questions, please see PRODUCT DETAILS at the bottom of REGISTER & RSVP tab.

For more info: www.hawaiianhulaworkshops.com

(Special chant & music of Lili'u E courtesy of Aloha Pumehana Serenaders featuring the late Kumu Hula Darrell Lupenui. Slide presentation produced by Don Floresca.)

Hawaiian Hula International (HHI) is excited to announce its 2017 Hawaiian Hula Workshops by Kumu Hula Leihi‘ilani Kirkpatrick to be held at the San Marcos Community Center in San Marcos, California on Friday, January 27, 2017 through Sunday, January 29, 2017.

Join us in CELEBRATING 100 YEARS OF QUEEN LILI‘UOKALANI'S LEGACY embodied in her motto: E ONIPA‘A I KA ‘IMI NA‘AUAO…Be steadfast in the seeking of knowledge.  We urge you to seek knowledge of the words of the last Hawaiian monarchy.  Spend the weekend with us as we honor, share and reflect upon her life and how she epitomized ALOHA.  May the words of her songs, prayers and those written about her stir your hearts to DEEPER ALOHA.

This 3-day cultural enrichment event is hosted by the Hawaiian Hula International Board of Directors, Hālau Ka Lei Kukui Hi‘ilani - Mainland USA Extension and its sponsors and donors who support HHI's mission of CARING FOR THE HULA | MIND, BODY, SOUL + SPIRIT.

  • Friday, January 27, 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm         HHI Potluck Reception & Recital Rehearsal with Kumu Lei 
  • Saturday, January 28, 9:30 am - 12:00 pm   Opening Ho‘ike (Recital) Ceremony & Lunch (Doors open at 9 am)
  • Saturday, January 28, 1:30 pm - 9:00 pm     Hawaiian Hula Workshops and HHI Cultural Village Sessions
  • Sunday, January 29, 1:30 pm - 5:00 pm       Hawaiian Hula Workshops and HHI Cultural Village Sessions
  • Sunday, January 29, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm       Closing Workshop Revue & Closing Ceremony (Doors open at 6 pm)


Hawai‘i lost its last reigning monarch, Queen Lili‘uokalani, on November 11, 1917.  January 29, 1891 marks the first day of her reign as the last Hawaiian monarch when she succeeded her brother, King David Kālakaua, the last reigning King of Hawai‘i who had passed the week before.  King David Kālakaua revitalized the Hawaiian culture in 1874 when he lifted the 40 year kapu (restrictions) on hula which was instituted by Queen Ka‘aumanu when she converted to Christianity in the 1830s. King David Kālakaua's motto, ONIPA‘A, was also Queen Lili‘uokalani's motto. 

Queen Lili‘uokalani's legacy is embodied in an expansion of this in her motto: E ONIPA‘A I KA 'IMI NA‘AUAO…Be steadfast in the seeking of knowledge.  From the day she became Queen, she was driven to care for the wellbeing and knowledge of her people, especially the children.   

She was the first female Hawaiian monarch, but she lost her throne due to an uprising staged by annexationists, and was placed under house arrest.  Although she later lived in sorrow, imprisoned, she left a CALL OF ALOHA upon her people and the world in her prayer KE ALOHA O KA HAKU:  "Behold not with malevolence the sins of man, but forgive and cleanse. And so, O Lord, Protect us beneath your wings and let peace be our portion, Now and forevermore. Amen."  Here she expresses the deepest form of ALOHA...through forgiveness so they may live in peace. 


Our selected workshop weekend at the end of January commemorates this pivotal time in hula and Hawai‘i history honoring both King David Kālakaua and Queen Lili‘uokalani and renewing our commitment to CARING FOR THE HULA | MIND, BODY, SOUL + SPIRIT.  In the 1870's at Ulupalakua, Maui, King David Kālakaua planted his ring of cypress trees that came to symbolize the reawakening of Hawaiian culture and tradition amongst those who are Hawai‘i and hula lovers after 40 years without hula.  In forming these workshops in 2015 and currently with only 10 people (like the trees of the Hula Circle), our vision is to build an HHI HULA CIRCLE, a strong and united hula ‘ohana that gathers regularly to renew our individual commitments to care for the hula and share aloha.   

As we close the HHI HULA CIRCLE on January 29, 2017 (40 days from when this is being written), our hope is that we have provided a TIME OF RESTORATION, REVIVAL AND RENEWAL.


E ONIPA‘A I KA ‘IMI NA‘AUAO...Be steadfast in the seeking of knowledge.  Know her words...know her heart...know her CALL OF ALOHA to the Hawaiian people and the world.


We are honored and privileged to announce all hula workshops at this event will be taught by the esteemed Kumu Hula Leihi‘ilani Kirkpatrick (Kumu Lei) with a wealth of experience and knowledge:

  • Kumu Hula (hula teacher) through traditional uniki rites
  • Recognized Hawaiian Educator
  • Kumu Huaka‘i (excursion teacher) for Kaua'i Maoli
  • Kahua (mentor) for the Department of Education and Kamehameha Schools
  • Ordained Kahu (minister) licensed by the State of Hawai‘i.

Students from Singapore, Japan, Europe and the mainland USA travel regularly to Kaua‘i to study with Kumu Lei, and we are very blessed to have her
journey to the mainland to share her knowledge.
 She draws a wide range of workshop attendees including other Kumu Hula, Hawaiian Cultural Practitioners, dancers, educators and ministers from the islands, mainland USA and abroad, in addition to returning attendees. 

For those without hula experience or for those who want to master Kumu Lei's hula style, we encourage you to purchase Kumu Lei's HAWAIIAN HULA TUTORIAL DVD Part 1 from Online Dance Center: http://www.hawaiianhulatutorial.com


  • LEI MAKING WORKSHOPS hosted by Uncle Kapena Malulani Perez
  • LOMI LOMI KAOMI Hawaiian Power Flow Massages provided by Uncle Akoni Apana
  • MINI-IPU ART WORKSHOPS sponsored by Auntie Patti Bielma of PUNAHELE ARTS
  • TALK STORY ABOUT LOYALTY TO LILI'UOKALANI presented by Award-winning Hawaiian Author, Auntie Leilani Holmes
  • YOUTH CULTURAL IMMERSION PROGRAM sponsored by NA KOA KAI CANOE CLUB and founders Uncle Gus Cervantes and Auntie Casey Cervantes

With your continued participation and support, we can keep the traditions and ALOHA of the Hawaiian people alive for our future generations by caring for the people committed to learning, preserving and perpetuating the Hawaiian culture.  We appreciate your steadfast commitment to CARING FOR THE HULA | MIND, BODY, SOUL + SPIRIT.

MAHALO PIHA TO OUR SUPPORTERS, SPONSORS & DONORS.  WE CAN ALWAYS USE MORE KOKUA.  Click on their images for their website link below

(To be listed by name and/or image and website link in our SUPPORT OUR SPONSORS, please see our DONATIONS / SCHOLARSHIPS)

  • Hawaiian Hula International Board of Directors 
  • Halau Ka Lei Kukui Hi'ilani - Mainland USA Extension - Marketing & Media, Volunteers, 2015-2017
  • Uncle Kapena Malulani Perez - Kumu Hula for Leimaking Workshops, 2017
  • Auntie Leilani Holmes - Award-winning Hawaiian Author / Speaker for TALK STORY on Loyalty to Lili'uokalani, 2015-2017
  • LOMI LOMI KAOMI (Uncle Akoni Apana) - Hawaiian Power Flow Massages, 2016-2017
  • MODERN POSTCARD - Souvenir Programs and Digital Art Editing, 2016-2017
  • NA KOA KAI CANOE CLUB (Uncle Gus and Auntie Casey Cevantes) - Youth Cultural Immersion Program, 2017
  • NA KUPONO - live Hawaiian band music, production of participant's practice CD's, 2017
  • PUNAHELE ARTS (Auntie Patti Pakela Bielma) - HHI Cultural Village Director and Mini-Ipu Making Workshops, 2015-2017
  • SAN DIEGO JAPANESE CHRISTIAN CHURCH and KE ALOHA O IESU hula ministry - pa'u skirt loans, 2015-2017

HHI CHILDREN'S SCHOLARSHIP provided by Hanohano (Pride) Donors:

  • Don Floresca
  • Stenili Floresca
  • Steven and Edith Petersen
  • Donna Altman
  • Loucel Bugawan
  • Allyn Cano Alwa
  • Linda Badillo

KUMU LEI'S TRAVEL EXPENSES provided by Ho'ihi (Respect) Donors:

  • Vida Floresca
  • Miriam and Maurice Walker

KUMU LEI'S LODGING AND MEAL EXPENSES provided by Ha'aha'a (Humility) Donors:

  • Loucel Bugawan
  • Donations and Trade-In-Kind appreciated

MEALS FOR PARTICIPANTS & REGISTERED VOLUNTEERS provided by Pa'ahana (Willingness to Work Hard) Donors:

  • Donations and Trade-In-Kind appreciated

EVENT VENUE EXPENSES (Rental & Insurance, Village Tables, Chairs & Canopy) provided by Po'okela (Excellence) Donors:

  • Sound System: John Hickey Productions
  • Donations and Trade-In-Kind appreciated


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San Marcos Community Center

3 Civic Center Drive
San Marcos, CA