Kinimaka, Kumu Hula From Kauai



A Kumu Hula files a lawsuit that demanded a Hula class operator in Japan to refrain from using her choreography without her consent.

Hawaii Kumu Hula Kapu Kinimaka-Alquiza of Na Hula O Kaohikukapulani on Kaua’i filed a lawsuit. It was against a teacher in Japan she claimed had been using her choreography without permission.

The class operator claimed Hula dancing could not be copyrighted. It just expresses the lyrics of songs in hand movements like sign language.

So, is this Kumu being fair? How is hula created? What makes it so wrong for someone to copy someone else’s choreography? What makes it wrong for someone to just take it? All Kumu and Master Kumu Learn the story behind the mele, the Kauna, the choreography and much, much more.

How Do You Become a Kumu Hula?

A master teacher instructs those studying to become formally graduated kumu hula, passing on the expertise they received within their very own hula lineage. Along with dance method as well as choreography, training includes the research of esoteric knowledge of costuming, plants, and procedures related to the hula altar devoted to Laka, hula’s patron goddess. When the teacher is satisfied that the expertise will be sensibly utilized and carefully secured by the student, then, and only then, an ‘uniki event scheduled.

A ‘ūniki, an actual ‘ūniki, makes a tiny rock of you. A rock placed on the side of a mat. A rock linked to the bottom edge of a fishnet. You, help to hold things down, maintain them in position when the wind increases or the current pulls. It will help of course, if you aren’t the only rock on the mat or weight on the net.

A real ‘ūniki, notes the successful transmission of a traditional body of expertise. A ‘ūniki is built of old things passed on in the old way, one step at a time, the structure first, then your house. A ‘ūniki says, “These hulas, these dancings of my instructor, my educator’s educator, and the instructors prior to them, have again been learned as they were taught. And now they live, teachers and dances for yet another generation.”

Although many hula teachers are described by the title kumu hula, not all choose to undertake the strenuous training process that finishes in what is known as an ‘uniki, an official college graduation event.

Na Hula O Kaohikukapulani Under the Direction of Kumu Hula Kapu Kinimaka Aquiza

Na Hula O Kaohikukapulani Under the Direction of Kumu Hula Kapu Kinimaka Aquiza. Na Hula O Kaohikukapulani keiki finished third in both the kahiko and auana performances at Hula Oni E 2010.

The Ruling Was Made In Japan

The court presiding over the case at the Osaka District Court on Thursday, September 20 ruled that Hula hand motions express lyrics as well as show the creativity of the choreographer even if they are commonly seen.

A Japanese court has ruled that Hula choreography can be copyrighted under some conditions.

The court prohibited the operator from utilizing the plaintiff’s choreography without her consent.

The plaintiff claimed she is happy that the court acknowledged that Hula choreography has legal protection. She specified that the judgment is additionally excellent news for the Hawaiian people.

Na Hula O Kaohikukapulani Under the Direction

of Kumu Hula Kapu Kinimaka Aquiza