Proposed Center for Hula and Associated Arts in Maui’s Wailuku Arts District


The Mayor and Kumu Hula pictured on Vineyard Street in front of Maui artist Amanda Joy Bower’s mural entitled Ha’aha’a – the future location of ʻŌiwi Art’s proposed Hālau. Pictured from left to right: Kumu Hula Kamaka Kūkona; Kumu Hula Kahulu Maluo-Pearson; Kumu Hula Hōkūlani Holt; Mayor Michael Victorino; Kumu Hula Cody Pueo Pata; Kumu Hula Francine “Mopsy” Aarona; Kumu Hula Moanike’ala Whittle-Wagner; and Kumu Hula Haunani Paredes. PO Box: Maui County / Shane Tegarden

Mayor Michael Victorino announced that a group from Maui Kumu Hula and Maui County are in the early stages of planning to establish a cultural center called “Hālau of ʻŌiwi Art”, which will be located in Wailuku, Maui .

Hālau of ʻŌiwi Art will be dedicated to the study, practice, celebration and perpetuation of hula and various hula-related ‘ōiwi arts. The center will support the Huamakahikina Declaration, ratified by an international coalition of Kumu Hula and passed by resolution by the Maui County Council this fall.

It will be the first of its kind and the largest investment by any county or state to establish a permanent venue for hula and related ʻōiwi arts.

The proposed location for the center will be adjacent to the City of Wailuku’s new four-level parking structure, currently under construction, at the corner of Church and Vineyard streets.

“Our goal for the Hālau of ʻŌiwi Art is to create a center of international significance that will advance the cultural, social, and historical impact of Hawaiian ‘Ōiwi art,” explained Kumu Hula Hōkūlani Holt, one of the irons spearhead of this effort. “Through these efforts, the hālau hula of our islands hopes to empower all people in Hawaii and around the world to keep these traditions alive for future generations.”

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Mayor Victorino will propose a planning, design and construction budget to the county council as part of the fiscal year 2023 budget.

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“We are honored to be a part of this historic step toward perpetuating the hula in Maui County,” Mayor Victorino said. “The creation of this cultural center helps ensure that the hula and its associated arts will thrive for many generations to come. The hula is so much more than music and dance, it’s at the very heart of Hawaiian history and culture. And we honor our kumu hula for their dedication to their art and to the culture of our islands.

Hālau of ʻŌiwi Art, will help advance the culture of the Hawaiian people through hula-centric education, classes, workshops, exhibits, activities and events. It is a collaboration between various Maui hālau hula groups, representing the breadth of Maui’s Hula lineages, with the support of Maui County. Preliminary discussions are underway to explore the scope of facility uses and needs, potential funding sources, and consideration of the center’s role in the emerging arts district of Wailuku, Maui County and beyond. .

Learn more by watching E Kupa’a Kākou this Friday, February 11, 2022. https://ekupaakakou.com/

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