Kulia i ka Punawai
(Kumu Hula Association of Southern California)
Kulia i ka Punawai is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to the perpetuation of hula and professionalism in hula practice. Members are kumu hula of halau hulahula schools that span southern California from Ventura to Chula Vista. The organization fosters unity among the kumu hula, and a mentoring network.
The Associations four-fold missionof maintaining the foundations of hula, perpetuating hula in unity, developing professionalism, and strengthening knowledge and understanding of hulainfuses its various activities. Workshops held during quarterly gatherings focus on educational activities that enhance members knowledge base of hula. Performance presentations are opportunities for students from different halau to expand their experiences through sharing repertoire, and through performing in a wide range of theater and festival venues. To date Kulia i ka Punawai has produced two collaborative concerts, He Inoa No Kalakaua in April 2004, and He Lei No Kapi´olani in April 2006.