Beach Walk 760 – Hula Lesson with Lopaka

We’re on Maui for the Celebration of the Arts at the Ritz-Carlton Kapalua. Come take a hula lesson with us from Kumu Hula Lopaka Bukoski.

I was hired by the Maui Visitors Bureau to assemble a team of new media bloggers and podcasters to participate in a week-long press trip to Maui. You are the lucky beneficiaries! In this first episode, filmed on-site at the Ritz-Carlton Kapalua, you get to meet my kumu hula, or hula teacher, Lopaka Bukoski. I think you will be mesmerized by his knowledge, his lyrical use of Hawaiian chanting and language, and of course by the dancing! In Hawaiʻi, many of the kumu are men, and just like in this class, both men and women are hula practitioners. By the way, you can see the staff of the Ritz-Carlton performing in the lobby especially for this weekend of Hawaiian culture at the end of this episode.

Learn more about the Celebration of the Arts here, and please go explore the VisitMauiBlog for more stories, photos, and videos of our week on Maui. It is the perfect way to spend a little time on Maui and to plan your next vacation or business retreat. Mahalo nui to the Maui Visitors Bureau for inviting us to be their guests.

Hawaiian word:
Hula: dance

This episode was sponsored by the Maui Visitors Bureau.

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  1. Bravo, Rox!! On both the Hula and the editing of this episode!

    I watched/filmed for an hour during the lesson and don’t know how you all kept that simple short dance straight. It’s so much more complicated to me than it looks when just watching from the audience…

  2. Thank you for sharing with us. It was moving and beautiful.
    Mahalo and Aloha

  3. …loved today’s vodcast – I watched it at home this morning before going into work.

    The hula teacher is totally awesome. Seems like a really good guy. I liked what he said about having good intention and a heart that is pure (as an element of learning hula). Where else can you hear an adult dial right into the essence of what I think we were as kids; talking about hula in this way gave me something new to think about.

    Interestingly when I got to work a coworker gave me a small watercolor of Hookipa Beach Park on Maui – it was something one of her family members didn’t want and she knows I’m the Hawai’i nut in our department and gave it to me. Two links to Maui in one day and I was gifted something for no reason – feels like positive energy on this end… Mahalo for this episode – it’s still one of my favorite shows on the web!

  4. All I can do is smile when I read these. So happy you liked them. 🙂


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