Shipman House - Hilo, Hawaii, 96720, United States

Hula Lessons with Maile

Hula Class for Men & Women - Beginners Welcome

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Join the Tuesday Night on the Porch Gang At the Historic Shipman House

Maile Yamanaka teaches hula on the Shipman House porch Tuesday evenings from 5:30 – 7:00.
Call (808) 934-8002 to confirm class.

This is a regular class, but guests are welcome to either watch or join in (back row). Maile starts out with basic hand and foot movements, then puts them together in a simple hula that's like a hula alphabet for beginners. Then the fun begins, as students go through their favorite dances, or learn new ones, and guests may dance along if they wish.

Maile studied under kumu hula Auntie Maiki, and is accomplished in chant, dance and costume. She includes Hawaiian history and legends in her teachings, and this is often one of the high points for guests.

Donations to Maile are Encouraged

For private hula lessons, contact Maile at (808) 937-4249.

Shipman House
131 Ka`iulani Street
Hilo, Hawaii, 96720, United States
Call: (808) 934-8002


Shipman House Guest Cottage, Hilo, Hawaii Island ('the Big Island')

Shipman House Guest Cottage was built in 1910 to house guests of the W. H. Shipman family at their Reed's Island home in Hilo. Long before there were hotels in Hilo, important visitors were 'put up' in the large homes. After Mr. and Mrs. Jack London stayed for 5 weeks as guests in the main house, there must've been a conversation about needing a place to put long-term guests, and the Guest Cottage was built. Sleep under the headboard of the bed Jack London slept in, while enjoying modern amenities like Free Wi-Fi , modern plumbing and nice comfortable queen beds. This National Register treasure has been lovingly restored, with many antique furnishings original to the house and the Shipman family. Your host is a Shipman descendent who welcomes you like long-lost friends, and shares with you her favorite places to visit, photograph, shop, swim or eat. You may not want to leave.