For Release 11/13/2018

As many of you may have already heard, our beloved Hula Camp location for the last 9 years, Gindling Hilltop Camp in Malibu, has been utterly destroyed by the Woolsey Fire this last weekend. Its sister camp at the bottom of the hill, Camp Hess Kramer, has also been hit hard by the same fire. Thankfully, all staff and campers were evacuated before the fire reached either camp.

 

Na Kumu of Kūlia i ka Pūnāwai are deeply saddened by the news of the devastation of the camps. We echo the sentiments of the owners of these camps – the memories made at camp were the most important. The structures will be rebuilt in due time. As assessments of the damages are conducted, we will keep the camp in our prayers and hope that an opportunity for us to help in the cleaning and/or rebuilding of the camp will present itself.

 

Hula Camp will be celebrating its 10th year anniversary in 2019. Na Kumu hope that in the spirit of Hula Camp, we will be able to have a gathering of some sort to not only commemorate the last 10 years we have been in operation, but to also continue to share the manaʻo and aloha with all haumana that have supported us and continue to support us. We ask that you be patient as we evaluate our options. Please stay tuned for updates. We will pass along information as soon as it is available.

Kūlia i ka Pūnāwai is a non-profit 501(c)2 organization dedicated to the perpetuation of hula, and professionalism in hula practice. Our members are kumu hula (master hula instructors) of halau hula (hula schools) that span Southern California from Ventura to Chula Vista. The organization fosters unity among the kumu hula, and a mentoring network.

The name "Kūlia i ka Pūnāwai" translates literally as "strive for the wellsprings". The term "Pūnāwai", wellsprings, acknowledges the role of kumu hula as cultural leaders in the Hawaiian community in California and challenges members to continue to deepen their own practice of the hula tradition. For this reason, we use the term "Pūnāwai" in conversation when referring to the organization.

Membership is by invitation only.
 
             


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