Academy Of Hawaiian Arts



E kala mai! Classes are presently underway. 

 Unless you have previous hula experience, the next open enrollment is scheduled for April 2025. 
For information on class availability please contact NTPua.

Kumu Hula

Mark Kealiʻi Hoʻomalu

The Academy of Hawaiian Arts started in 2000 in Salinas, California and opened the doors of the Oakland hālau in 2003.

Exceedingly creative, he is reknowned for his unique chanting style and approach to hula. Along with his Academy of Hawaiian Arts, they have captured the attention of the traditional hula community. Their innovative approach to hula has made AHA a must-see group.

Kumu Mark is also the creator of original works such as the musical productions "Kingdom Denied" and "Waikīkī".

The founder of "Ka Hula Hou,'' a new type of hula competition in which the audience serves as judges.

He released three original CDs to date: "Po'okela Chants", “Call It What You Like” and “Traditional Limits.”

His work has been featured in the Disney film “Lilo & Stitch” and the PBS documentary “American Aloha: Hula Beyond HawaiÊŒi.”

Currently, AHA are based in Oakland, NorCal, Japan (Tokyo, Nagoya, and Osaka), and Taiwan (Taipei).