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