AHA Enrollment Policies
Please read the following carefully. If you have any questions, please ask.
AHA's Mission Statement
We are stewards of Hawaiian heritage. At the Academy of Hawaiian Arts, we cultivate and evolve the traditions of the native Hawaiian people through instruction in the performing, literary, and folk arts of Hawai‘i. Beginning with a foundation in hula, which encompasses the essence of Hawaiian history and customs, the Academy provides students an understanding of the origins of Hawaiian traditions, while also advancing new expressions of Hawaiian arts, music, and language. Inspired by our motto, “Ke kukui nānā i luna” (The light looked up to), we strive to sustain the vitality of Hawaiiana — past, present, and future.
1. Waiver and Photo Release of Liability
In consideration of being allowed to participate in classes, events and activities sponsored by Academy of Hawaiian Arts, the applicant acknowledges, appreciates and agrees to give the Academy of Hawaiian Arts, its assignees, licensees, and legal representatives the irrevocable right to use their or their child’s name, picture, portrait, image, video or photograph in all forms and media and in all manners, including composite, for advertising, for publication or any other lawful purposes, and waive any right to inspect or approve the finished product, including written copy, which may be created in connection therewith.
FOR PARENTS/GUARDIANS OF PARTICIPANTS UNDER 18 AT TIME OF REGISTRATION: This is to certify that I, as parent/guardian with legal responsibility for this participant, do consent and agree to his/her release, as stated above, of Academy of Hawaiian Arts, and, for myself, my heirs, assigns, and next of kin.
Tuition, Fees, Policies & Student Guidelines
- Registration Fee $25.00
- One Adult Hula Curriculum Class $87/M
- Keiki Class $69/M
- Family Discount for additional member 10% OFF
- AHA Uniform [Haumāna price only] $20 each
- Tuition Late Fee $25
- Class Discounts, Limited Offers, Scholarships, Waivers, are at the discretion of AHA
1. Tuition Schedule
All tuitions and purchases are to be made online via PayPal, Venmo, Zelle. Checks will no longer be accepted as a method of payment to the Academy of Hawaiian Arts, Inc or AHA.
Tuition is priced based on a eleven (11) month enrollment with a shutdown for the holiday period of December (Christmas / Chanukah / Kwanza / New Years). Classes are sometimes cancelled in support of a short-term need of competition or performance calendar. These classes are rescheduled at a different time at the discretion of the instructors. Tuition is required to be paid throughout the eleven (11) month enrollment period.
Tuition is due at or before the first each month or no later than the 5th of the month. If a student does not pay tuition by the 1st of the month or no later than the 5th of the month a $25 Late Fee shall be assessed, and it must be paid with the student’s monthly tuition before he/she will be allowed to attend class.
Tuition payment is considered timely if received by the 5th day of the month. Any payment that comes in after the 5th of the month is considered late and a late fee will be assessed. If a student does not promptly pay an overdue account, it will be considered delinquent. Tuition can also be set up as a reoccurring monthly payment to be paid on or before the due date as described above to avoid the late fee.
2. Delinquent and Late Accounts
If a student’s account is delinquent for three times (3X), PayPal autopay will be imposed or AHA may elect to terminate the account, the student will be required to pay a re-enrollment fee of $25; all owed amounts will be required to be repaid before re-enrollment.
3. Resignation & Leave of Absence Policy
Students may resign at any time and will be required in writing. However, if a student does not resign prior to the first meeting of his/her class in a month, the student remains responsible for the full month’s tuition regardless of whether he/she attends any classes that month. If taking time off for medical reasons please inform the Board with a letter from your physician and expected time of your return. If one is sick or taking a vacation you will still be required to make your tuition payments on time. If taking more than 3 months off this will be considered a leave of absence or resignation. Students must notify an AHA Board of his/her resignation in writing.
Payments for tuition and/or registration fees are non-refundable. If you are unable to make your regular class meeting time please notify your class instructor or AHA Representative at [email protected]. Attending a different class to make up for a class that you missed at your discretion is not allowed.
5. Tuition Scholarships/Tuition Waivers
A limited number of tuition scholarships (merit based) / tuition waivers (hardship based) are available. If you are in need of financial assistance, then please inform the Board Treasurer. If you are able to help endow either of these funds, then please inform the Board Treasurer.
6. Release of All Rights and Claims
THE APPLICANT HEREBY ACKNOWLEDGES, THE ACADEMY OF HAWAIIAN ARTS, INC., ITS EMPLOYEES, AGENTS, OFFICERS, ASSIGNS, AND SUBSIDIARIES, ARE RELEASED FROM ANY AND ALL CLAIMS FOR BODILY INJURY OR ILLNESS, PROPERTY DAMAGE OR LOSS, ARISING FROM PARTICIPATION IN ANY CLASSES, WORKSHOPS, PRACTICES, ACTIVITIES, OR PERFORMANCES OFFERED BY THE ACADEMY.
7. Consent for Emergency Medical Treatment of Minors
Pursuant to Section 25.8 of the California Civil Code, I hereby authorize my employee or agent of the Academy of Hawaiian Arts, Inc. to procure medical, hospital, or dental care for my child in the event of injury or illness, while the child is in the custody and care of the Academy. I understand and agree that I am financially responsible for any care so procured.
8. Video, image, sound files acquired at Academy of Hawaiian Arts
Videotaping and recording are not allowed. All videos, images, sound files acquired at the Academy of Hawaiian Arts remain the intellectual property of Mark Keali`i Ho`omalu (MKH) and Academy of Hawaiian Arts (AHA). These files are confidential, copywrite and may not be shared outside the active membership of AHA. That is, files may only be shared with other active members of AHA. Any files uploaded to YouTube must be unlisted with link distributed only to active members of AHA with the Board Members on the CC list. Image files shared on Facebook should be limited to “friends of friends” or smaller network circles. The purpose of this rule is preventing release of hula into the public domain until intentional premier by MKH & AHA. Additional purpose of this rule is limiting teaching methodology to public distribution by MKH & AHA. MKH & AHA understands the need for materials required for review, practice, etc. Our shared goal is development of you as a dancer/performer of MKH/AHA. Please discuss any questions or concerns with a Board Member.
Please provide an AHA Representative with a current phone number and email address. Primary communication within AHA is by email. If you are unable to check email regularly, then please inform an AHA Board or Representative. Text messaging may be available in some instances.
Please inform an AHA Board or Representative of any planned absences from your training schedule and email: [email protected] with your absence dates.
10. AHA Uniform
Members are required to purchase the AHA uniform to wear during practice. Wahine (female) dancer wear a white pa'u skirt and an AHA t-shirt. no tank tops allowed. Kāne (male) dancer wear loose fitting shorts and an AHA t-shirt, no tank tops allowed. An AHA Representative will provide more information on your uniform. All members must be in complete uniform within 1-month of enrollment.
Non-Discrimination Policy: The Academy of Hawaiian Arts admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the Academy. AHA does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, or national and/or ethnic origin, in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and load programs, employment, and other Academy administered programs.