Manuiki Foundation


The Manuiki Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit charity consisting of a vibrant all-volunteer community of committed and caring individuals dedicated to the preservation and perseverance of the Hawaiian culture. All donations are tax deductable.
Manuiki Foundation
Ste. R-203-Orcas Business Park
650 S Orcas St
Seattle, WA 98108

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Welcome to Halau Hula O Lono, the learning center for Hula Kahiko (ancient forms of dance) and Hula Auana (modern forms of dance) for all ages. We incorporate music, language, crafts, workshops and special projects into our hula lessons. This organization was founded in 1996 by Uncle Howard Lono and Aunty Manuiki Lono. Together they created a vision to fulfill the needs of the Hawaiian culture and the arts in the Pacific Northwest. The mission of this halau is to perpetuate, educate, administer, and to adhere to our Hawaiian heritage thru the language, music, hula and the customs of our people. We maintain open communication with our Kupuna (elderly/ senior citizens) and a willingness to serve and share knowledge (mana'o) from Kumu Hula to haumana with dignity and compassion. The study of hula is not only dancing and teaching choreography but to understand the history and language thru kupuna of Kaua'i. Halau Hula 'O Lono is 'ohana as we dance, eat and celebrate together. Cooperation and getting along is a priority. Haumana depends on each other to ensure success in all that we do and to embrace each other as hula sisters and brothers.

Hālau Hula ʻO Lono, 650 South Orcas Street, Suite R-203, Seattle, WA 98109

Kumu Hula Manuiki Moke Hoopii Lono
Aunty Manu 206.243.3578 206.251.7756


Moana Kokame 425.765.7511
'Ehulani Bentley 425.802.6845


5 - 6:30 p.m. Beginner Teen and Young Adults

6:30 - 9:00 p.m. Oli - Mele, ʻOlelo Hawaiʻi


5 - 6 p.m. New Beginner Keiki

6 - 7:30 p.m. Intermediate Keiki

7:30 - 9:00 p.m. Beginner Junior Women


5 - 6:30 p.m. Beginner Gracious Ladies

6:30 - 8:00 p.m. Advanced Gracious Ladies

8:00 - 9:30 p.m. Advanced Senior Women

Adult Classes - tuition paid per month with one-time registration fee. Monthly fee includes hula class night and Tuesday oli, mele and ʻolelo class.

Keiki Classes - tuition paid per month with one-time registration fee. Oli, mele, and ʻolelo will be taught during regular hula classes

Family rates are available.


Moana Kokame 425.765.7511
'Ehulani Bentley 425.802.6845

The hula is far more than a collection of pretty movements, as any serious student of Hawaiian dance knows. You will encounter a vast amount of information in the process of learning hula. A successful dancer is an organized one - maintaining a dance journal is strongly recommended. In our halau all students must have a hula folder (3 ring binder) with pen or pencil. You will also need an Hawaiian-English dictionary which can be purchased at the Hawaii General Store or through Amazon. You must bring to class at all times.

Doors will open 15 minutes prior and close 15 minutes after scheduled time. All haumana should be ready to dance upon arrival at the halau in uniform. Keep socializing to a minimum. Make up classes will be at the discretion of the Kumu Hula / instructor. Halau uniform for kane (male) is black or white shirt (not tshirt) and black pants. For wahine (female) our halau uniform is the purple hula pa'u (purple dance skirt) and a black or purple t-shirt or halau shirt. The hula pa'u can be purchased from an Auntie or sewn according to instructions. Before entering the dance space, ensure that your pa‘u is clean and in good repair. No nail polish, no toe rings or earings. Religious symbol necklaces and wedding bands are allowed but no other. Hair should be worn in a bun or tied back. No bangs please. Flowers are to be worn in the hair at all times. All slippers and shoes should be on the rack near the entrance. All personal items should be tucked into cubicles and cell phones silenced or turned off. Write down class notes as soon as possible and set aside a few minutes everyday to practice. You will also want to memorize new words that are introduced as you learn the dance. To help remember the movements, sing or chant the lyrics as you practice. However, only do this when you are practicing by yourself.

Descipline and perseverance are required in Hula. There is no trick to being able to dance well. Success involves humility, dedication and hard work. To help us act with self-awareness and respect, enhance your hula practice by learning a hana no‘eau (clever work, or speciality) such as lei making, instrument construction, feather work, lomilomi (massage), lā‘au lapa‘au (Hawaiian medical practices), or Hawaiian cooking. Look up place names on a map. Refer to a Hawaiian/English dictionary to look up words. What we say and think while engaged in these works becomes a part of our life. Workshops are available to learn lei making, instrument construction, feather work, and cooking. We continually look for other learning opportunities to share with halau members or other halau. "Lawe I ka Ma'alea A Kū‘ono‘ono." Take Wisdom and Make It Deep.


1. Have utmost respect for your kumu hula, other leaders in the halau, and any other kumu you may encounter in your community. The kumu is not only the repository of knowledge, they are also the link between the world of kahiko (ancient time) and awana (modern time). In the Hawaiian language we use the word "kumu" as "teacher." Not all kumu are experts on the hula. Some kumu may excel in instrument/implement making, or are experts with the ukulele. Some kumu are proficient in the art of cooking and some in the disipline of making lei. Many kumu speak the Hawaiian language and in the teaching the language to others. They have all stood in the same place as you, as a beginner, having mastered the songs, dances, and handiwork of the tradition. Remember, your kumu is also in the continual process of learning, and has many responsibilities, not only to his or her students, but also to his or her own kumu and all the kumu who have passed the knowledge down (In Hawaiian - Kuleana). "E lawe i ke a'o a malama a e ‘oi mau ka na'auao!" Take what you have learned and apply it and your wisdom will increase. It is a reminder to us than when we learn and gain 'ike (knowledge), we then have a kuleana (a responsibility), to apply, to use, and to share with others.

2. It is vital that all who enter regard their fellow students with the utmost respect and consideration. If a halau is to function properly as a place of learning, you must always be considerate of your hula sisters and brothers. Recognize that there are many ways of teaching and many ways of learning. Not everyone learns the same - some may take longer to learn a new step or movement sequence. Do not gossip or speak ill of other haumana (holoholo ‘olelo). You may also be required to ask permission before entering the hula space. Be prepared for this. After you recite your "kahea" (request of permission to enter) you must wait for your kumu to respond - "komo" (welcome).

3. Practice often, especially what you learned in the prior class, so it is retrievable without having to repeat it when you are before your kumu. Be ready to learn when you arrive on time for your lesson. Have all of your class materials, hula book*, implements, dictionary, etc. with you upon arrival. "Aia ka ‘ike ‘ou, wehe ‘oe i kou na'au, ala nō ka ‘ike." Literal translation: There is knowledge presenting (protruding), open you your naau, (this is the) best path to learn. General translation: Knowledge is before you and if you open your focus there you will see (realize) the knowledge.

4. Respect is important in hula. Your kumu maintains a tradition and embraces their hula lineage and the way a dance is performed. If you are not asked to perform a certain dance, you may feel that your experience is not being fully observed, but do not jump from one halau to another. You may simply not be ready to present the dance publicly. You are disrespectful if you decide to train with another kumu hula without requesting permission. If you feel you must move on, ask your kumu for permission to do so. Look inside yourself for understanding. The rewards for immersing oneself in a singular metholology are real. Resist the temptation to move from one halau to another. "Mōhala ka pua, ua wehe kaiao." The blossoms are opening for dawn is breaking. Look forward with joy to a new day.

5. Adopt patience. The two most important aspects of hula practice are the creation of a family (ohana) and the process of learning. Hula practice is where we build an awareness and appreciation of land, sea, sky and one another. Learning a dance for a public performance is secondary. You are missing the point of the hula if your only goal is to wear a pretty garment while dancing onstage. It takes time to develop this way of thinking and adapting it to your understanding of your world. "Aa i ka hula, waiho ka hilahila i ka hale." When one wants to dance the hula, bashfulness should be left at home.

6. Remain humble. As you advance in your training, always remember those who have gone before you. Do not boast of your achievements, or look down on others who are not as accomplished as you. "Paa ka waha, nana ka maka, hana ka lima" Shut the mouth, observe with the eyes, work with the hand.

7. Show compassion. Be willing to allow each individual to learn in their own way and at their own pace. We have all made mistakes. Remember, missteps are an important aspect of learning. " Ike ia no ka loea I ke kuahu" One is recognized by the altar they build for themselves.

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E hooulu mai ana 'o Laka i kona mau kahu, o makou no a. (Laka inspires her devotees - us.)
Line from a prayer chant to Laka, goddess of hula