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Tuesdays 5:30-7:30pm

Open to community of all ages and experience levels and explores three different styles of hula (hula ʻālaʻapapa, hula ʻōlapa, and hula ʻauana) seasonally. Registration for this class opens up every three months.


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Ryan McCormack is an ʻŪniki ʻAi Lolo of Unukupukupu, having completed his formal rites of passage under the tutelage of Dr. Taupōuri Tangarō on December 21, 2014. He is Kumu Hula of Māunuunu and a Lecturer in
the Hawaiʻi Life Styles department at Hawaiʻi Community College. Originally from Waimānalo, at the base of the Koʻolau mountain range on Oʻahu, he now calls the rainforest of ʻŌlaʻa and the fiery slopes of Mauna Loa in Puna, Hawaiʻi his home. His ongoing passion for hula and community wellbeing has been supported by a lifetime of dancing and an educational journey that has most recently culminated in a Masters degree in Depth Psychology, with an emphasis in Jungian and Archetypal Studies, from Pacifica Graduate Institute. He delights in sharing the mythology, history, music, and dance traditions of Hawaiʻi, both here at home and around the world.

Māunuunu is a traditional school of hula whose lineage extends from the mythic traditions of the fire goddess Pele. Under the tutelage of Kumu Hula Ryan McCormack, an ʻŪniki ʻAi Lolo of Unkupukupu, Hilo Hanakahi, Māunuunu offers the practice of hula ʻaihaʻa, a bombastic ritual Hawaiʻi dance, as a foundation for the cultivation of environmental kinship, the exploration of the inner landscape, and the balancing of complementary energies within the body, mind, and spirit. Through the practice of hula ʻaihaʻa we seek to perforate the boundaries between the Self and Other, the inner and outer realms, and engage the body as an agent of integration and synthesis, both for the dancer and the community at large.

As part of the Hilo Shala community, Māunuunu has benefitted from the availability of Yoga expertise as we incorporate appropriate Asana into opening and closing portions of each class. We have found the dialog between these two ancient traditions to be fertile and effective at preparing the dancer more fully for practice on all levels.