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Our Story

We continue to celebrate learning together!

Hoaloha Polynesian Dance Group is a Michigan based group which started over 10 years ago with hula sisters sharing a passion for Hawaiian dance and seeking to learn traditional dances of Hawaii and the other Pacific Islands. The group has grown since then with students from 6 years old to adult. Today they perform beautiful dances of the Polynesian Islands with the focus on Hawaiian hula. Melanee Hirvela is the dance instructor and artistic director of the group. She currently trains as a ho’opa’a (chanter) with Dr. Amy Ku‘uleialoha Stillman at Great Lakes Hula Academy. Dr. Amy Stillman teaches courses on American Studies, ethnomusicology, and hula at the University of Michigan. Melanee’s haumana (students) also receive guidance on hula from Dr. Amy Stillman as of spring 2019.  The group‘s goal is to share aloha by performing in communities across Michigan. Hoaloha dancers energize events in Michigan by sharing stories of the people of the Polynesian Islands through music and dance. They hope that their audience will have a better understanding and greater appreciation of the beauty of the Polynesian culture.  


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Calendar of Events

These are performances that are open to the public

11/23/19

Village Theater's International Festival

4:00pm - 4:30pm

50400 Cherry Hill Rd. Canton

Event Details

11/23/19

Village Theater's International Festival

Performances throughout the day celebrating diversity in our community and surrounding communities. Event from 11:30am-6:00pm. Hoaloha at 4pm.

4:00pm - 4:30pm

50400 Cherry Hill Rd. Canton

3/1/2020

Village Theater's - 6th Annual Bollywood Bash - We Are The World

3:00pm - 8:00pm

50400 Cherry Hill Rd. Canton

Event Details

3/1/2020

Village Theater's - 6th Annual Bollywood Bash - We Are The World

 A fundraiser for victims/survivors of human trafficking. Many culture represented.  Expect more details including time when we'll be on stage. 

3:00pm - 8:00pm

50400 Cherry Hill Rd. Canton

Hoaloha at Royal Oak's Arts, Beats & Eats

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