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

Hula

Time
10:00—11:00am
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.

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.

Hawaiian Storytelling

Time
12:00am—1:00pm
Location
Building B, Level 1 — Helumoa Hale Guest Services & Heritage Room
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
Building A, Level 1
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.

Poʻalua (Tuesday)

photo of two hands quilting a Hawaiian design

Hawaiian Quilting

Time
9:30—noon
Location
Building B, Level 2 Pa'ina Lanai Food Cour
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.

Hula

Time
10:00—11:00am
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.

Ukulele

Time
12:00pm—1:00pm
Location
Building B, Level 1 — Helumoa Hale Guest Services & Heritage Room
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.

Lauhala Weaving

Time
1:00pm—2:00pm
Location
Building A, Level 1
Our Lauhala Weaving Class will cover the basic skills, technique, preparation and crafting of hala leaves into wearable Hawaiian art, such as a bracelet. Kumu Bill Keoua Nelson, who comes from a long line of prominent lauhala weavers, conducts this family friendly class.

Hawaiian Entertainment

Time
6:00pm—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.

Poʻakolu (Wednesday)

photo of a little girl learning the ukulele

Lomilomi Hawaiian Massage

Time
11:00am—12:00pm
Location
Building B, 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.

Lauhala Weaving

Time
1:00pm—2:00pm
Location
Building A, Level 1
Our Lauhala Weaving Class will cover the basic skills, technique, preparation and crafting of hala leaves into wearable Hawaiian art, such as a bracelet. Kumu Bill Keoua Nelson, who comes from a long line of prominent lauhala weavers, conducts this family friendly class.

Hula

Time
4:00pm—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.

Hawaiian Entertainment

Time
6:00pm—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

Time
12:00pm—1:00pm
Location
Building B, Level 1 — Helumoa Hale Guest Services & Heritage Room
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.

Lauhala Weaving

Time
1:00pm—2:00pm
Location
Building A, Level 1
Our Lauhala Weaving Class will cover the basic skills, technique, preparation and crafting of hala leaves into wearable Hawaiian art, such as a bracelet. Kumu Bill Keoua Nelson, who comes from a long line of prominent lauhala weavers, conducts this family friendly class.

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.

Rock-A-Hula - Mini Promotional Show

Time
7:00pm
Location
The Royal Grove
Rock-A-Hula 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

Hula

Time
10:00—11:00am
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.

Lomilomi Hawaiian Massage

Time
11:00am—12:00pm
Location
Building B, 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.

Ukulele

Time
12:00am—1:00pm
Location
Building B, Level 1 — Helumoa Hale Guest Services & Heritage Room
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.

Lei-Making Class

Time
1:00—2:00pm
Location
Building A, Level 1
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.

Hawaiian Entertainment

Time
6:00pm—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

Lei-Making Class

Time
1:00—2:00pm
Location
Building A, Level 1
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.

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 ‘ala‘apapa, hula ‘olapa, hula pahu, and more.

Rock-A-Hula - Mini Promotional Show

Time
7:00pm
Location
The Royal Grove
Rock-A-Hula 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.

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