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Kumu hula plans construction of permanent halau home on Maui next year

Halau Ke'alaokamaile at the annual Merrie Monarch festival. Halau Ke'alaokamaile at the annual Merrie Monarch festival.

WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) - A hula teacher says he hopes to begin building a permanent home for his school on Maui next year.

The Maui News reports Keali'i Reichel is fundraising and collecting building permits for the planned 6,000-square-foot (557-square-meter), two-story building to house his halau, which is the Hawaiian word meaning hula school or hula academy.

Reichel is a kumu hula, meaning hula master or teacher. He is planning to raise $2.5 million for the new home for Halau Ke'alaokamaile.

He says the bottom floor of the building to be constructed in Piiholo will include a resource center, classroom and kitchen for processing harvested plants. The top floor will be a sacred dance floor, which can only be entered using a special protocol and chant.

Information from: The Maui News, http://www.mauinews.com

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