There is a void that needs to be filled. People are looking for more information about Hula and Hawaiian culture. And there is very little out there to serve as a guide for someone trying to find their way into the Hula world.
There are no magazines about Hula published in Hawai‘i. Not until NOW. My husband, John, and I have decided to publish a magazine about Hula. I have decided to take what I know about Hula and combine that with the expertise of the many talented people that I know, who are willing to share their knowledge in some area related to the world of Hula, and then publish articles and information about Hula in a digital tablet magazine.
We have gathered writers who will share their passion, like Maile Loo with the Hula Preservation Society, Puakea Nogelmeier on Hawaiian language, Jocelyn Fujii on the Aloha Spirit and Hula in daily life, Bradley Keaupunikapu Cooper on exploring the Aina, and Harry B. Soria Jr. as he takes us back in time to explore the music that the early Hula dancers danced to.
I began working on this project about three years ago with my husband. There has been a lot to learn but we feel we are on the right track. The more we work with the hula practitioners, the language professors, the music historians, and the storytellers the more we realize that we have been given a special opportunity with a huge responsibility to nurture and grow this project.
We have devoted a huge amount of time and effort to learning, gathering, organizing and preparing this Hula information to be shared. Now we are putting it out there to the world.
HulaStudio magazine is now available on both the Apple iPad and the Apple iPhone. You can get it by going to the App Store on your device and search HulaStudio magazine. Select GET and then decide if you want to purchase single issues or subscribe.
Let us know what you think and what you would like to see in future issues.