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Leiali`inani Polynesian Academy
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Jan 8: Classes Resume!  
Jan 8-13:  Open Enrollment: try out any class at no cost!
Jan 27:  Sip & Dip Fundraiser $40: Canoe Sunset 4-7pm
Feb 3:  Lei Hulu Workshop:  $100 / 'Ilima $50
Feb 10: Fresh Flower Lei Workshop $25
Feb 11: OC Fair Baby Date Festival 11:30-noon.
Feb 17: Ipu Kahiko Hula Workshop $10 Students only.
Feb 24: Ipu Farm Fieldtrip
​Mar 10: Sip & Dip Fundraiser $40: Hula Girl 4-7pm
Mar 31: Money Lei Ribbon Workshop $20 10am-1pm
Apr 14: Buena Park Spring Eggstravangza
Apr 21: 
10am: Hula Workshop: E Waianae $10 Students only.
8pm: Halau o Kekuhi: Nalani Kanaka`ole & Huihui Kanahele. 
Apr 29:  Vivian Lu`au- more details to come
May 1: Lei Day
May 3: Studio Closed
May 12: Studio Closed
May 19: Hula Workshop:  Hawaiian War Chant $10 students only.
May 26: Kukui Nut Money Lei Workshop $20 10am-1pm
June 2: Studio Closed
Jun 9: Multi-Ti Leaf Rope Lei Workshop $25 11am-1pm
Jun 24: Placentia Library Festival 10am-1pm
Jun 24-25: Long Beach Japanese Festival
July 7: Cypress Library Reading to the Rhythym
July 19: Sleeping with the Fishes
July 21: Tafesilafa`i Festival
Aug 11: Huntington Beach Landmark
Aug 25: Weekend in Polynesia - Siva Afi Competition. 
Sept 17: Studio Closed
Sept 22: Studio Closed
Oct 20: Anniversary Ho`ike
Nov 3: Hula Workshop: Holiday Hula $10 students only
Nov 17: Cypress Candy Cane Land Holiday Show
Nov 19-25: Studio Closed
Dec 1: Buena Park Holiday Show
Dec 15: Last Day of Classes
Dec 16 thru Jan 6: Holiday Break

Performance Resume: 
Trans-Pacific Corporate convention 2017 
Make a Wish Foundation 2017
Holy Family Oktoberfest 2017
Santa Clarita Valley Pacific Islander Ho`olaule`a 2017
Huntington Beach/Seal Beach Surf Rider Foundation `Ohana Day 2017
Tafesilafa'i Pacific Islander Festival 2009-2016 
Siva Afi Competition 2011 & 2015 -- 2nd & 3rd place championships in Jr.Warrior Division; 2016 - Final Little Warriors Div
Special Olympics World Games - Los Angeles USC Campus 2015
Second Samoan Amazing Grace Music Concert 2014
Long Beach Japanese Cultural Center Festival 2015
Knott's Berry Farm- Fiesta 2016
Goodwill Industries OC Gala - Laguna Beach 2015 - opener for The Beach Boys
Walk to End Lupus Now in OC - Costa Mesa 2014 & 2016
Island Jam: one voice, one family, one love - Cabrillo High Long Beach 2013
LA Food Bank : Sowing for Seeds Benefit 2009
The Reef - Long Beach 2016
Buena Park Spring Eggstravangza; 2015-2016
Cypress Community Candy Cane Lane: 2008-2016
Buena Park Holiday Festival: 2008-2016
Atlantic Memorial Healthcare Center 2014-2016
Sea Nursing Center: 2013-2015
Sleeping with the Fishes 2013-2015
Cypress Library Reading to the Rhythm 2015 & 2016
Anaheim Library Cultural Workshop 2015
Huntington Landmark Lounge 2015-2016 
Tincher Preparatory Carnival - 2011 & 2016
Brookdale Center: Tour of Tahiti: Garden Grove & Anaheim 2015
Weaver Elementary Fundraiser - Cypress 2014-2015
San Marino Elementary Family Night - Cypress 2015
Los Alamitos High Baseball Booster Lu`au 2015
Arnold Elementary Family Night - Cypress 2009-2012
Cypress Senior Center Lu`au 2014
Buena Prk Community Children's Art Festival 2011-2013
Lady of Fatima Church - 2016
Oktoberfest: Holy Family Catholic Church 2011
Long Beach Job Corps - 2016

Frequently asked questions: 
Q: Do you go to competition; i.e. E Hula Mau, Heiva, Tahiti Fete, etc? 
A: Short answer is No. As of right now, we only compete at the Siva Afi competition in Long Beach. The main focus is on learning culture, tradition, dances and working as a family unit through dance & music. I want to create a relaxed learning environment with other goals in mind outside of competitions.  

Q: Do you do performances? 
A: Yes, we have several shows throughout the year. However, ALL shows are OPTIONAL as they will require extra time for rehearsals, costumes and effort. There is no additional cost for practices but there is costs for costumes. The majority of our costumes are made by the students & families. We encourage everyone to learn how to make/sew their costumes & implements as much as possible for the reasons to keep cost low for the students but mainly to teach & perpetuate traditions. We are not in the business of just teaching memorized motions. There's a bigger goal to accomplish at Leiali`inani. 

Q: How is makeup classes handled?
A: If Leiali`inani cancels class, we will coordinate a makeup with the students. If the student misses the class, no make up is provided unless discussed in advance. 

Q: What class do I start in if I had previous dance experience?
A: We will place all students in a beginning level class so please discuss with teacher(s) in advance for appropriate class placement. There are many styles of dance from various schools. We want to ensure that our dancers move "As One" so it's important that all dancers pick up Leiali`inani's style of dance. 

Q: How is placement or moving up to the next level handled? 
A: It is strictly by the teacher(s)'s discretion. Please trust the teachers that they are working towards continuous progression for every student. 

Q: What does Registration Fees cover? 
A: The registration fee covers the costs of paperwork processing and computer time required to set up your student in the attendance and tuition-billing system. Fees include the purchase of Leiali`inani shirt that is required for all studio events.

Q: Are you the Kumu? 
A: Although the title "Kumu" has been used more commonly to address the teacher, I am not a Kumu in the tradition way of going thru the `uniki process. I am the teacher, founder & owner of Leiali`inani. My hula `ohana simply call me Hileka or for the keiki, Miss Hileka. I'm a traditionalist & have a deep respect for na kumu that have gone thru the traditional `uniki process. Although it might be fine for some teachers to be addressed as "Kumu", I would prefer to give the respect & proper rights to that title to those that should truly be called Kumu. I have been blessed to learn music, dance & traditions through family & halau. I take everything that I share and create with my students very serious and do my best to ensure that I do not present anything that is misrepresented so that I can properly & respectfully honor those that came before me, honor my own na Kumu that have trusted me with knowledge & create an environment for my students that simply want to learn.  

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