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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 events are open to the public.  * All events in the month of May & June have been cancelled due to COVID-19.

5/2/20 Cancelled

Michigan International's Women Show

12pm-12:45pm

Suburban Showplace in Novi

5/2/20 Cancelled

Michigan International's Women Show

We're proud to share storytelling of the Pacific Islands. Check website to purchase tickets. There are performances throughout the day on th...

12pm-12:45pm

Suburban Showplace in Novi

6/6/20 Rescheduled

Jolly Pumpkin Run

9:15am - 10:45am

Dearborn

6/6/20 Rescheduled

Jolly Pumpkin Run

Register for this race. Join the island celebration!

9:15am - 10:45am

Dearborn

6/13/20 Cancelled

Grand Rapids Asian Festival

All day

Calder Plaza

6/13/20 Cancelled

Grand Rapids Asian Festival

Family event celebrating Asian Pacific culture. We perform at 3pm.

  • Dates:  June 12th & June 13th
  • Times:  10:30 AM - 10:00 PM
  • Host:  Grand Rapid...

All day

Calder Plaza

6/19/20 Cancelled

Luau/Island Rock Music Concert

7pm - 8pm

Amphitheater at Canton's Summit at the Park

6/19/20 Cancelled

Luau/Island Rock Music Concert

We're adding culture to Canton Summit's Summer Concert. We're in between bands. Come join the island fun!

7pm - 8pm

Amphitheater at Canton's Summit at the Park

6/20/20 Cancelled

Liberty Festival's International Stage Performances

12pm - 12:30pm

Heritage Park in Canton

6/20/20 Cancelled

Liberty Festival's International Stage Performances

Come see our students' annual performance. Free event on the Canton Live Stage. 

12pm - 12:30pm

Heritage Park in Canton

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Hoaloha at Royal Oak's Arts, Beats & Eats

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