“It began off as a pastime in my storage and there was most likely, I’d say, 5 to 10 of us regularly – and it simply sort of grew from there,” stated Kellie Villicano, the proprietor of and lead teacher at Ka L? Kapu.
Now, the varsity has greater than 50 enrolled college students.
“We have been perpetuating the Polynesian tradition in Albuquerque for nearly a decade now,” Villicano stated, “and what I like about our college is our college students not solely be taught the dances however additionally they be taught concerning the historical past, customs, tradition and slightly little bit of the language as properly.”
Open enrollment at Ka L? Kapu is arising in June and Villicano informed us that is one thing everybody, of all ages and cultural backgrounds, can take pleasure in – even the Albuquerque Isotopes.
“That they had a few gamers come to our studio and learn to dance and realized slightly bit concerning the tradition as properly,” she stated.
Villicano grew up in southern California the place there’s a large Polynesian inhabitants.
“So it was simply sure to occur that I discovered this tradition,” she stated. “I’m not of Polynesian descent. My cousins are and, from that, they introduced me into this tradition that I fell in love with.”
Villicano additionally stated, “that is what’s so nice concerning the Polynesian tradition is, it is so welcoming for anybody that wishes to be taught and that is what we’re right here for.”
If you need to look at a efficiency, Ka L? Kapu college students are dancing on the New Mexico United match Saturday, Might 21 – and on the Isotopes sport Friday, Might twenty seventh.
If you need to hula too – or take a category on Polynesian language, historical past and tradition – visit the Ka L? Kapu website for more details.
Kellie Villicano was variety sufficient to introduce our KOB 4 crew to the tradition by instructing them a hula. Click on the video above to view the dance and be taught extra concerning the tradition.