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Ho'ike steps

Aloha Hula Studio at the Ford Theater
Aloha Hula Studio at the Ford Theater
photo by Eunice V. Lagronio

Baby steps at first. Walk first, then run. Strides become smoother, and more natural.

The growth and expansion of a halau (dance group) follows this progression from its nascent beginning to its habitual practices and ultimate inspiring performances. The attitude of accomplishment crowns each year's ho'ike event.

Two local halaus who represent this progression of development are the Aloha Hula Studio in Granada Hills, and Halau Na Mamo' O Panaewa of Glendale. Chief Instructor, Lau'ae Pedersen of Aloha Hula Studio and Kumu Chase "Keoki" Wang of Halau Na Mamo'O Panaewa have prepared their students once more for their Ho'ike event.

Here's how it works. At first, once students are ready to be presented to the general public in performance of their craft, a small venue is chosen for its favorable cost and location, and, based upon family and friends' support, successive years' venues expand in capacity, attraction as well as cost.

So, initially a public park's accommodations may suffice, then perhaps a public school's auditorium, or a little larger VFW Hall. But soon, a venue such as the Anson Ford Theater becomes the staging venue, and ultimately a venue like LA's Orpheum Theatre is settled on.

On May 18, 2013 Aloha Hula Studio will perform their 5th Annual Ho'ike at The Orpheum Theater, 842 So. Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90014, at 7:00 p.m. For more information, directions and map, see For ticket information, see Hurry, as tickets are limited!

On June 30, 2013 Halau Na Mamo"O Panaewa will have its 2nd Annual Ho'ike at Glendale High School Auditorium, 1440 E. Broadway, Glendale, CA Contact Chase Wang at: for tickets and information Doors open at 3:30 p.m. Show starts at 4:00 p.m. Get there early!


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