The Best Places to Learn Hula in Honolulu

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Marjorie Perlas

Contributing Writer

Since hula holds such a spiritual and meaningful place in the hearts of the Hawaiian people, it is not something shared so freely outside of luau performances.

The art of the hula is meant to bring people together—to create a sense of community and family for those participating. Because of this, lessons are rarely available to those just visiting. Aside from roaming the streets of Honolulu trying to find a local kumu to teach you traditional hula techniques, there are a few options in Honolulu that do welcome visitors.

1. Royal Hawaiian Center

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Typically known for its large array of luxury shopping destinations, the Royal Hawaiian Center is so much more. Aside from the plethora of offerings like lei making, ukulele, weaving, the center offers hula lessons for free. These lessons are geared specifically towards the tourist population roaming around Waikiki, so you’re bound to meet people from all over the world. With a fantastic location right in the heart of Waikiki and on the main strip of shopping, it’s also easily accessible no matter where in Honolulu you might be staying.

2. Still And Moving Center


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There’s absolutely no limit to the menu of offerings at the Still and Moving Center. From martial arts to aerial acrobatics, this center focuses on mind and body wellness through their courses. Each area of the space is designed in such a thoughtful way as to give visitors a full and proper experience. Complete with a healing room that features lomilomi massages for after class when your muscles are aching, it’s the perfect place to spend a full afternoon in Honolulu.

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