Sharing aloha since 2005

Videos above shared by Robbie Dean of Grand Opening of Downtown Ithaca Commons 8/2015.

​​​Dance Lesson & Workshop​​​Registration Form:

photo credit Kim Taylor Reece



Solo and group performances are done for a variety of events in central New York state. Paid events are danced by our professional dance team, Hula O Lokahi. 

We dance at a variety of types of events...

  • luaus

  • birthdays

  • weddings

  • professional events

  • holiday events

  • non-profit events

And More...

Cost of event performance varies and it is dependent on type of event, event location, performance length, availability, time of year, preparation requirements, number of dancers, etc.  Please contact us to get more information. See contact page. Mahalo!

Dance Lessons​ 

***MUST REGISTER for ALL dance lessons and workshops. Please complete Registration Form on this page and make initial or full payment (see lesson details below).

**We follow the State of NY and Tompkins County Health Department COVID policies with regards to mask wearing at indoor lessons, workshops and events. At this time, masks are encouraged and preferred but not required. Out of respect for others, do not come to in person lesson/workshop/performance if have any symptoms of illness or known direct contact with a COVID positive person. Zoom may be an alternative option for attending lessons if/when symptomatic and/or contagious. 

Dance Studio Protocol:

* Always practice aloha (care and kindness) to others. Show respect to instructors, other dancers, visitors, 'ohana (family) and the community.

*Have Fun! 

*Be on time - we strive to start and end lessons on time. Unless have informed the instructor prior to class, please do not show up more than 15 minutes after the start of a lesson or workshop as it is disruptive to others and leads to missing important chant/oli protocol and/or warm-ups.  

​*Bring a water bottle and wear comfortable, breathable clothing that is easy to move in. 

*Silence or don't bring cell phones. 

*Unless requiring more foot support, please dance bare footed. Yoga style socks with grips on the bottom are acceptable to wear to keep feet warm. Unless there is a medical or cultural reason, please do not wear regular socks or tights as they increase risk of slipping and falling. 

*Leave street shoes outside the studio to keep the floors as clean and dry as possible. 

*Parents/guardians and guests of haumana (student), unless received prior permission from instructor, please wait outside the studio during lesson and/or workshop time. There are seats to relax at the front entrance or in the hall. You may peek though the studio door window to check in on a haumana (student) though as a courtesy and to not disrupt dancers and instructors please do so briefly and discreetly. Please be aware that there also may be other groups in the building so please remember to keep volumes low in the waiting areas.

Thank you for your cooperation! 

*No make ups or refunds for missed lessons, workshops, performance or costumes. 

*Make up lessons may be offered due to instructor emergency or illness.  

Intermediate Level Haumana (student):

*Wear pa'u (hula skirt) or pareo (sarong). 

*Be prepared   

*Take care of (malama) and bring dance implements to lessons (pu'ili, uli uli, ipu, poi balls, etc.) 

*Take care of (malama) and bring printed learning materials that are currently being taught, such as lyrics to a mele (song) or oli (chant) that an instructor or leader has provided. A folder for storing in dance bag is helpful as well as a pen for writing notes. 

Beginner HULA Lessons 

(adults - high school & up)

No experience necessary 

Learn basic beginner hula steps, background of hula, introductory to hula implements and learn 1-2 hulas. A great
workout while having fun and learning.  

5 Week Session: ​ 

April 27th - May 25th 

Day: Wednesdays 

Time: 7:30pm - 8:30pm EST 

Location: Just Be Cause Center Ithaca, NY or via Zoom

Cost: $100/5 week session 

PayPal or Venmo accepted - details on Shop page. 

New and first year dancers have the option to join Hula Hut as an Aloha Ambassador, handing out leis, in the Ithaca Festival Parade the evening of June 2nd. $30 Ithaca is Aloha t-shirt cost to wear at Parade. 


May divide into 2 payments, $50 upon registration and $50 at first lesson.

No refund for missed lessons. Make up lessons may be offered due to instructor emergency or illness.  

To register please fill out Registration Form on this page. 

Any questions, please contact,

New BEGINNER HULA Lessons to come soon! Check back!  


must have approval of instructor to join 

Intermediate lessons focus on building upon beginner skills - hula warm up drills, learning and practicing new dances, implement knowledge and practice, Hawaiian & Polynesian culture, olelo/ language, oli/chant, mele/song, costume and craft. Option to perform. 

Day: Thursdays  
Time: 7-8 pm EST

Location: Just Be Cause Center
Ithaca, NY or via Zoom

COST:$16/class - PayPal or Venmo accepted - details on Shop page. 

Anticipate additional pa'u (practice skirt), dance implements and costume costs if/when necessary to purchase. Option to perform at local events which include additional dance Performance Team practices and costs. 

MUST REGISTER - fill out Registration Form on this page. Any questions, please contact,

Keiki/Child Hula Lessons (ages 6 & up)

No experience necessary 

Day: Wednesdays, April 6th - June 1st  

Learn basic hula steps and 2-3 hulas. 

(no class April 13th during ICSD spring break)

Time: 6:30p-7:15pm EST

Location: Just Be Cause Center

Ithaca, NY or via Zoom 

Cost: $120 for 8 week session  

PayPal or Venmo accepted - details on Shop page.

Keiki/child and their 'ohana/family, have the option to participate in the Ithaca Festival Parade the evening of June 2nd. And our end of season performance at the Ithaca Festival the afternoon of 6/4 (time to be assigned by the festival). Performance is optional.

If choosing to participate in the Ithaca Festival Parade and/or performance, dancer must be accompanied and supervised by a responsible adult. 

* 50% of lesson cost, $60, is due upon registration. 

Remaining balance, $60, is due by first lesson. 

* If joining the parade or performance, a $65 costume fee is due by April 20th class. 

Mahalo! ​​