Founded in 1975 by Howard and Olana Ai, HALAU HULA OLANA, the School of Living Hula, has grown to become one of the largest hula schools in the islands. Hundreds of Hawai‘i's keiki (children) have passed through the halau doors and gone on to charm local audiences and visitors at a multitude of venues on land and aboard cruise ships. Many of them have taken part in annual hula competitions, performed for four American presidents and for dignitaries and audiences overseas. Repeatedly, the halau has been recognized for its excellence.

 The voices of kuma hula Olana Ai and her students are heard at the beginning and end of the CD.  In between, you'll hear Olana's talented family: husband Howard, who arranges the songs, sings and plays ukulele; eldest daughter, Natalie Ai, a Hoku Award-winning singer, delivers powerful vocals, sons Tai and Rhett take turns on the bass; and Natalie's husband ‘Iolani Kamau‘u sings and plays guitar. Together they create the unique Ai family sound as they perform halau favorites. Lyrics and translations to Hawaiian language songs are included.

Album Titles:

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  1. 'Ai Pohaku/Kaulana Na Pua
  2. Na Mo'olelo Kahiko
  3. That's the Hawaiian in Me
  4. Ha'a Hula
  5. Colors of the Wind
  6. Green Rose Hula
  7. Puna Ku'u Aloha (Puna, My Love)
  8. The Magic Islands
  9. Kawika
  10. Dolly's Lullaby
  11. Surround Me with Love
  12. Aloha Chant/Aoha 'Oe

Item CodeHalau Hula Olana
Price$12.95 EA
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