Moʻomeheu Hawaiʻi — Complimentary Cultural Programming

Excellence in Hawaiian performing and visual arts is an important part of our mission. Royal Hawaiian Center offers complimentary classes Monday–Friday, and live entertainment Tuesday–Saturday. Join expert kumu (teachers) in such arts as lei making, quilting, hula, 'ukulele playing and more! Royal Hawaiian Center is proud to present the best in Hawaiian and island contemporary music.

PoʻAkahi (Monday)

photo of several women learning to make leis

Ukulele Beginners Lesson

Time
10:00–11:00am
Location
Helumoa Hale
Learn basic chords and songs as you strum Hawai'i's best-known string instrument, introduced to the islands in the 1870s from Portugal. 25 instruments and music books are provided, but you are welcome to bring your own, or purchase one at Bob's 'Ukulele at Royal Hawaiian Center. Instructors Wainani Yim and Puake'ala Mann are seasoned performers who share favorite songs and simple chords. 1 hour, five times weekly.

Lomilomi Hawaiian Massage

Time
11:00am–12:00pm
Location
Building C, Level 3
Hawaiian massage – lomilomi – is a centuries old healing practice. Pi‘ilani Wright, a certified practitioner, demonstrates lomilomi basics with class participants paired up to learn and apply simple techniques. Partners then switch giving each student the opportunity to experience both giving and receiving lomilomi. 1 hour, twice weekly.

Tom Cummings, Mea Ha’i Mo’olelo (master storyteller)

Time
12:00am–1:00pm
Location
Helumoa Hale Guest Services & Heritage Room

Mo'olelo Mondays — "Storytelling With Stuff."

Mo'olelo are stories, and Uncle Tom Cummings shares them with great enthusiasm using props and visuals collected through the years that he playfully describes as "stuff."

Enjoy mo'olelo about Hawai'i's people, history, legends, environment, plants, animals and more.

Lei-Making Class

Time
1:00–2:00pm
Location
Level 1, Building A
Making, giving and wearing flower lei is synonymous with Hawaiian hospitality. Naomi Wahinekaupua Braine, and daughter Alex of Aunty Bella’s Lei Stand, shares the kui method of stringing flowers using special lei needles. Seasonal flowers, string and lei needles are provided. Classes accommodate up to 25 participants. 1 hour lesson.

Hawaiian Entertainment

Time
6:00–7:00pm
Location
The Royal Grove
Hawaiian music and hula 'auana (hula’s modern form) fill The Royal Grove Monday through Friday at twilight. Hour-long performances feature top island entertainers with a focus on Hawaiian language musical favorites – shared with kama 'äina (locals) and malihini (visitors) with aloha.

Poʻalua (Tuesday)

photo of two hands quilting a Hawaiian design

Hawaiian Quilting

Time
9:30–noon
Location
Building A, Level 3
Kapa kuiki is the unique form of Hawaiian quilting that traces its origins to the 1820s. Early missionaries and Hawaiians developed this art form that combines applique and quilt stitching. Quilting kits are provided for a fee (approximately $30), and requires many hours of intricate work. 2 hours, once a week. Multiple classes are recommended.

Ukulele Beginners Lesson

Time
10:00–11:00am
Location
Helumoa Hale
Learn basic chords and songs as you strum Hawai'i's best-known string instrument, introduced to the islands in the 1870s from Portugal. 25 instruments and music books are provided, but you are welcome to bring your own, or purchase one at Bob's 'Ukulele at Royal Hawaiian Center. Instructors Wainani Yim and Puake'ala Mann are seasoned performers who share favorite songs and simple chords. 1 hour, five times weekly.

Hula Lesson

Time
11:00am–12:00pm
Location
The Royal Grove
Hula is the art of Hawaiian dance. It expresses all that we hear, see, smell, taste, touch and feel. Hula is life. The late kumu hula - dance master - Maiki Aiu Lake's philosophy expresses the depths of this Hawaiian art form. Puake'ala Mann, a kumu hula graduate of Hälau Hula o Maiki, shares basic hand gestures, footwork and body movements that accentuate mele - chant or song lyrics. 1 hour, twice weekly.

Ukulele Intermediate Lesson

Time
12:00pm–12:30pm
Location
Helumoa Hale
Once you have passed our beginner’s class, join the intermediate group. Improve your ukulele skills with new strumming techniques and finger picking to create unique music along with new chords and scales. Instructors Wainani Yim and Puake'ala Mann will guide you through classic Hawaiian songs. 1 hour, two times weekly.

Lei-Making Class

Time
1:00–2:00pm
Location
Level 1, Building A
Making, giving and wearing flower lei is synonymous with Hawaiian hospitality. Velma Shim and daughter Miki shares the kui method of stringing flowers using special lei needles, usally 10in length. Seasonal flowers, string and lei needles are provided. Classes accommodate up to 25 participants. 1 hour lesson.

Hawaiian Entertainment

Time
6:00–7:00pm
Location
The Royal Grove
Hawaiian music and hula 'auana (hula’s modern form) fill The Royal Grove Monday through Friday at twilight. Hour-long performances feature top island entertainers with a focus on Hawaiian language musical favorites – shared with kama 'äina (locals) and malihini (visitors) with aloha.

Legends in Concert Waikiki - Mini Promotional Show

Time
7:00pm
Location
The Royal Grove
Legends in Concert is energizing, crowd-pleasing entertainment, a truly memorable and fun night out. We are confident of bringing to Waikiki a new level of cosmopolitan and entertaining nightlife that enjoys a track record of close to three decades of success.

Poʻakolu (Wednesday)

photo of a little girl learning the ukulele

Ukulele Beginners Lesson

Time
10:00–11:00am
Location
Helumoa Hale
Learn basic chords and songs as you strum Hawai'i's best-known string instrument, introduced to the islands in the 1870s from Portugal. 25 instruments and music books are provided, but you are welcome to bring your own, or purchase one at Bob's 'Ukulele at Royal Hawaiian Center. Instructors Wainani Yim and Puake'ala Mann are seasoned performers who share favorite songs and simple chords. 1 hour, five times weekly.

Polynesian Cultural Center Performance

Time
11:00–11:45am
Location
The Royal Grove
Songs and dances from throughout Polynesia represent Hawai‘i, Aotearoa (New Zealand), Sämoa, Tahiti and more. A cast of dancers and musicians represent one Hawai'i's favorite attractions located in Lä‘ie on O'ahu's Windward Coast. 1 hour, three times weekly.

Lomilomi Hawaiian Massage

Time
11:00am–12:00pm
Location
Building C, Level 3
Hawaiian massage – lomilomi – is a centuries old healing practice. Pi‘ilani Wright, a certified practitioner, demonstrates lomilomi basics with class participants paired up to learn and apply simple techniques. Partners then switch giving each student the opportunity to experience both giving and receiving lomilomi. 1 hour, twice weekly.

Tom Cummings, Mea Ha’i Mo’olelo (master storyteller)

Time
12:00am–1:00pm
Location
Helumoa Hale Guest Services & Heritage Room

Mo'olelo Mondays — "Storytelling With Stuff."

Mo'olelo are stories, and Uncle Tom Cummings shares them with great enthusiasm using props and visuals collected through the years that he playfully describes as "stuff."

Enjoy mo'olelo about Hawai'i's people, history, legends, environment, plants, animals and more.

Lei-Making Class

Time
1:00–2:00pm
Location
Level 1, Building A
Making, giving and wearing flower lei is synonymous with Hawaiian hospitality. Naomi Wahinekaupua Braine, owner of Aunty Bella’s Lei Stand, shares the kui method of stringing flowers using special lei needles, usally 10in length. Seasonal flowers, string and lei needles are provided. Classes accommodate up to 25 participants. 1 hour lesson.

Hawaiian Entertainment

Time
6:00–7:00pm
Location
The Royal Grove
Hawaiian music and hula 'auana (hula’s modern form) fill The Royal Grove Monday through Friday at twilight. Hour-long performances feature top island entertainers with a focus on Hawaiian language musical favorites – shared with kama 'äina (locals) and malihini (visitors) with aloha.

Poʻaha (Thursday)

photo of a group of people learning hula

Ukulele Beginners Lesson

Time
10:00–11:00am
Location
Helumoa Hale
Learn basic chords and songs as you strum Hawai'i's best-known string instrument, introduced to the islands in the 1870s from Portugal. 25 instruments and music books are provided, but you are welcome to bring your own, or purchase one at Bob's 'Ukulele at Royal Hawaiian Center. Instructors Wainani Yim and Puake'ala Mann are seasoned performers who share favorite songs and simple chords. 1 hour, five times weekly.

Polynesian Cultural Center Performance

Time
11:00–11:45am
Location
Songs and dances from throughout Polynesia represent Hawai‘i, Aotearoa (New Zealand), Sämoa, Tahiti and more. A cast of dancers and musicians represent one Hawai'i's favorite attractions located in Lä‘ie on O‘ahu’s Windward Coast. 1 hour, three times.

Ukulele Intermediate Lesson

Time
12:00pm–12:30pm
Location
Helumoa Hale
Once you have passed our beginner’s class, join the intermediate group. Improve your ukulele skills with new strumming techniques and finger picking to create unique music along with new chords and scales. Instructors Wainani Yim and Puake'ala Mann will guide you through classic Hawaiian songs. 1 hour, two times weekly.

Royal Hawaiian Band

Time
1–1:45pm
Location
First & Third Thursday, The Royal Grove
Established by King Kamehameha III in 1836, The Royal Hawaiian Band performs Hawaiian and classical music. The 40-member ensemble also includes singers and a hula soloist, and is led by Bandmaster Clarke Bright. 1 hour concerts, twice monthly.

Lei-Making Class

Time
1:00–2:00pm
Location
Level 1, Building A
Making, giving and wearing flower lei is synonymous with Hawaiian hospitality. Naomi Wahinekaupua Braine, owner of Aunty Bella’s Lei Stand, shares the kui method of stringing flowers using special lei needles, usally 10in length. Seasonal flowers, string and lei needles are provided. Classes accommodate up to 25 participants. 1 hour lesson.

Hula Lesson

Time
4:00–5:00pm
Location
The Royal Grove
Hula is the art of Hawaiian dance. It expresses all that we hear, see, smell, taste, touch and feel. Hula is life. The late kumu hula - dance master - Maiki Aiu Lake's philosophy expresses the depths of this Hawaiian art form. Puake'ala Mann, a kumu hula graduate of Hälau Hula o Maiki, shares basic hand gestures, footwork and body movements that accentuate mele - chant or song lyrics. 1 hour, twice weekly.

Hawaiian Entertainment

Time
6:00–7:00pm
Location
The Royal Grove
Hawaiian music and hula 'auana (hula’s modern form) fill The Royal Grove Monday through Friday at twilight. Hour-long performances feature top island entertainers with a focus on Hawaiian language musical favorites – shared with kama 'äina (locals) and malihini (visitors) with aloha.

Legends in Concert Waikiki - Mini Promotional Show

Time
7:00pm
Location
The Royal Grove
Legends in Concert is energizing, crowd-pleasing entertainment, a truly memorable and fun night out. We are confident of bringing to Waikiki a new level of cosmopolitan and entertaining nightlife that enjoys a track record of close to three decades of success.

Poʻalima (Friday)

photo of a young girl assembling a lei

Ukulele Beginners Lesson

Time
10:00–11:00am
Location
Helumoa Hale
Learn basic chords and songs as you strum Hawai'i's best-known string instrument, introduced to the islands in the 1870s from Portugal. 25 instruments and music books are provided, but you are welcome to bring your own, or purchase one at Bob's 'Ukulele at Royal Hawaiian Center. Instructors Wainani Yim and Puake'ala Mann are seasoned performers who share favorite songs and simple chords. 1 hour, five times weekly.

Lomilomi Hawaiian Massage

Time
11:00am–12:00pm
Location
Building C, Level 3
Hawaiian massage – lomilomi – is a centuries old healing practice. Pi‘ilani Wright, a certified practitioner, demonstrates lomilomi basics with class participants paired up to learn and apply simple techniques. Partners then switch giving each student the opportunity to experience both giving and receiving lomilomi. 1 hour, twice weekly.

Tom Cummings, Mea Ha’i Mo’olelo (master storyteller)

Time
12:00am–1:00pm
Location
Helumoa Hale Guest Services & Heritage Room

Mo'olelo Mondays — "Storytelling With Stuff."

Mo'olelo are stories, and Uncle Tom Cummings shares them with great enthusiasm using props and visuals collected through the years that he playfully describes as "stuff."

Enjoy mo'olelo about Hawai'i's people, history, legends, environment, plants, animals and more.

Lei-Making Class

Time
1:00–2:00pm
Location
Level 1, Building A
Making, giving and wearing flower lei is synonymous with Hawaiian hospitality. Naomi Wahinekaupua Braine, owner of Aunty Bella’s Lei Stand, shares the kui method of stringing flowers using special lei needles, usally 10in length. Seasonal flowers, string and lei needles are provided. Classes accommodate up to 25 participants. 1 hour lesson.

Hawaiian Entertainment

Time
6:00–7:00pm
Location
The Royal Grove
Hawaiian music and hula 'auana (hula’s modern form) fill The Royal Grove Monday through Friday at twilight. Hour-long performances feature top island entertainers with a focus on Hawaiian language musical favorites – shared with kama 'äina (locals) and malihini (visitors) with aloha.

Poʻaono (Saturday)

photo of a group of performers dressed in traditional Hawaiian clothing

Polynesian Cultural Center Performance

Time
11:00–11:45am
Location
The Royal Grove
Songs and dances from throughout Polynesia represent Hawai‘i, Aotearoa (New Zealand), Sämoa, Tahiti and more. A cast of dancers and musicians represent one Hawai'i's favorite attractions located in Lä‘ie on O'ahu's Windward Coast. 1 hour, three times weekly.

Lei-Making Class

Time
1:00–2:00pm
Location
Level 1, Building A
Making, giving and wearing flower lei is synonymous with Hawaiian hospitality. Naomi Wahinekaupua Braine, owner of Aunty Bella’s Lei Stand, shares the kui method of stringing flowers using special lei needles, usally 10in length. Seasonal flowers, string and lei needles are provided. Classes accommodate up to 25 participants. 1 hour lesson.

Hula Kahiko at Helumoa
Saturday series of traditional hula

Time
6:00–6:30pm
Location
The Royal Grove
This Saturday series of tradition hula features noted hälau hula (dance schools) who perform oli (chant) and various old-style forms of hula including hula ‘äla‘apapa, hula ‘ölapa, hula pahu, and more. 30-45 minutes, once a week.

Legends in Concert Waikiki - Mini Promotional Show

Time
7:00pm
Location
The Royal Grove
Legends in Concert is energizing, crowd-pleasing entertainment, a truly memorable and fun night out. We are confident of bringing to Waikiki a new level of cosmopolitan and entertaining nightlife that enjoys a track record of close to three decades of success.

Island Contemporary Performance

Time
7:30–8:30 pm
Location
The Royal Grove
Hawaiian, jazz, contemporary, reggae and R&B are island favorites. Top local entertainers bring their unique musical blend to The Royal Grove Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. One hour.

* Schedule is subject to change without notice.
For updates, call Lei 'Ohu Guest Services at (808) 922-2299.