Nā Lei Hulu I Ka Wēkiu, Patrick Makuakane’s dynamic and much loved Hawaiian dance company is a visually and aurally captivating rich blend of traditional and contemporary forms of hula.
Na Lei Hulu I Ka Wekiu is a halau hula, or hula school, based in San Francisco. Led by Director/Kumu Hula Patrick Makuakane, the halau features a dance company of 40 performers and offers Hawaiian dance classes at the beginning and intermediate levels. Founded in 1985, the halau's mission is to preserve the Hawaiian culture through hula.
Na Lei Hulu's dance company has performed nationally for enthusiastic audiences and received critical acclaim. The company's home season is held every October in San Francisco at the Palace of Fine Arts Theatre. What makes the company unique is its trademark style, hula mua. Meaning "hula that evolves," the style blends traditional movements with non-Hawaiian music like opera, electronic, dance, alternative and pop. The company showcases a mix of hula mua and authentic, traditional pieces in its visually captivating stage productions.