with Ora Nui Tahitian Dance Troupe
HISTORY OF THE TAUPOU
Friday, August 27, 2021 | 6:30 PM
Educational Presentation Via ZOOM
Ka 'Aha Lahui O 'Olekona (KALO) Hawaiian Civic Club of Oregon & SW Washington present MANA: Cultural Sustainability, an ongoing educational experience that highlights the rich Polynesian cultures. This month, we travel to Samoa.
Join us in covering the tradition and customs behind the unique art of the Samoan Taualuga. Former Miss Samoa, Miss Samoa USA, and Miss Le Lalelei O Samoa: Tusisalei’a Hope (Pomele) Lang will cover the Taualuga in its historical context. We will explore the attire, expectation, history, and art behind the Siva (dance). She will present with emphasis through her own personal experience: research, Samoan pageantry, and background in Professional dancing.
GUEST CULTURAL PRACTITIONER:
TUSISALEI'A HOPE (POMELE) LANG
Tusisalei’a is a retired Combat Medic-US Army Veteran. She was born in American Samoa and is from the villages of Ta’u, Aunu’u, and Falefa in Samoa Sisifo. Tusisalei’a was raised in Kalihi, Hawaii. She has 10 years of professional dancing under the Star of Honolulu and Tihati Productions. She was trained in her youth as a hula dancer and learned Samoan dancing through church functions and guidance from her beloved father. She is a first-generation college graduate and recently completed her Bachelors of Science in Nursing degree as a Cum Laude Honor grad. She is a mother of 2 girls and expecting another on the way. She is also the Instructor for Salei’a Dance Troupe which promotes culture and the essence of Samoan dancing to girls from underprivileged areas in Hawaii. She does plan to hold future online courses due to Covid restrictions and for the safety of students.
KALAMA HERITAGE FESTIVAL
Friday - Sunday, August 6 - 8, 2021
Kalama Marina Park | 246 Hendrickson Drive, Kalama WA 98625
$30/CLASS | $75/ALL CLASSES
Ora Nui taught 3 workshops for the Kalama Heritage Festival - Beginner 'Ote'a, Intermediate 'Ote'a, and 'Aparima.
'ORI TAHITI WORKSHOPS
WITH LEOLANI GALLARDO
Sunday, February 24, 2019
Columbia Dance Center | 1700 Broadway St. Vancouver, WA 98663
$45/CLASS | $80/ALL CLASSES
Ora Nui hosted workshops with award-winning dancer Leolani Gallardo, leader of Te Aho Nui. She traveled from Los Angeles to Vancouver to do two 'ori workshops for the groups of the Pacific Northwest - Tahitian Basics Class + Routine, and Intermediate/Advanced Levels Class + Routine.
'ORI TAHITI WORKSHOPS - TACOMA
Saturday, February 24, 2018
Asia Pacific Cultural Center | 4851 S Tacoma Way, Tacoma, WA 98409
$15 / PERSON
Hello Tacoma! Ora Nui traveled north to the city of Tacoma and hosted a Basics Workshop for dancers in the area.