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Halau i Ka Pono - The Hula School of Chicago

Hula is the art of Hawaiian dance expressing all that we see, hear, taste, touch, and feel.

Halau translates as “meeting house or place of learning,” and i Ka Pono means “of goodness, well-being, righteousness.”  Another way to say this is “place to cultivate the goodness.”  Our purpose is to teach indigenous Hawaiian culture and stories through the joy of dance.

Hula and healing go hand in hand.  The dance is a wonderful way to strengthen and get energy moving in the core muscles of the body.  It connects us to the grounding energy of the earth and opens us to the warm spirit of Aloha.  There are elements of mindful centering, flowing and breath-work involved in this Native Hawaiian dance form.   All ages can benefit.


June Kaililani Ryushin Tanoue, MPH is the Kumu Hula.  Originally from Hawaii Island, June started teaching hula in 2003 in New York City and Chicago.  She formally began her Halau i Ka Pono – The Hula School of Chicago™ in 2009 out of her home in Oak Park, Illinois.

June is also a fully empowered Zen Priest and Zen Teacher in the White Plum Lineage. She co-founded the Zen Life & Meditation Center of Chicago in 2004 and Zen Center of Hawaii in 1993 with her husband, Robert Joshin Althouse, Roshi.


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