Hālau Hula O Na Mele ‘Aina O Hawai’i is an NYC based hula school. The hālau, or hula school, first opened its doors in New York City in May 1968 under the guidance of Luana Haraguchi. Classes were first held in Haraguchi’s Upper East Side studio apartment. The hālau was given its name from her teacher, Iolani Luahine. From its small roots flourished a group that comprised of dedicated students learning hula and Hawaiian traditions.
In addition to teaching hula for over 50 years, Haraguchi also owns a professional Polynesian Dance company, Hawaiian Artists Shows.
“I run my dance company to pay the bills, I run the hālau out of love for hula.”– Luana Haraguchi