Waterfall Hula & Lei-making

by Still & Moving Center ($)

Disclaimer: This site is following COVID-19 protocols which are updated with the Hawaii State Department of Health and may restrict certain activities.

Oahu’s north-shore is rich with environmental diversity from mauka to makai (mountain to sea). Unfortunately many miss out on cultural elements that amplify the area’s beauty. Even fewer take part under the guidance of a Kumu (teacher). We begin with an orientation to the history and significance of Waimea Valley. Recognized as the Valley of the Priests, Waimea was home to generations of high priests. In light of the historical significance of the area, we will offer a traditional chant asking permission to enter. There is no better way to dance hula than deep in a valley surrounded by nature. Participants will learn the basic steps and gestures of hula, and then a choreography. During our time in the valley, we will make two different styles of lei. The first lei will be made by stringing flowers and used during the hula lesson. The second style of lei is made by knotting the stems of leaves together. We will release this lei into the flowing waterfall at the back of the valley. All participants are welcome to swim out to the waterfall. Life vests are provided for safety.

“Ask permission and give thanks – that was the Hawaiian protocol that extended into every aspect of life in nature.” – Nana Very


  • The activity is led by kumu hula, Malia Helela, traditionally trained hula instructor, lomilomi practitioner and cultural advisor
  • The activity is simultaneously translated to Japanese upon request. Please contact the desk at info@stillandmovingcenter.com to request this service. Additional fees will apply
  • Discover a new perspective of the area through the eyes of a traditional healer and cultural practitioner
  • Learn about aloha ‘aina, hula, lei making and Oli
  • Walk approximately 2 miles with stops

Know Before You Join

  • All ages are welcome, but you must be able to be on your feet for two hours and walk up to two miles in potentially inclement weather
  • If you plan on swimming, bring sunscreen and swimsuit
  • A portion of the proceeds from your ticket price is donated to travel2change and Ho Ola Na Pua

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