Hale Koa lu'au
Female Dancers Leaders Meeting – MINUTES 3/28/2019
Teaching new dancers how to take better care of costumes
Focus on dressing room etiquette
Putting away quickly
Putting away nicely
Keeping costumes and make up away from each other
DATING in the company – NO GOOD
Shows are great without dating
Affects the quality of shows
Contracts at risk
D R A M A
Creates negative work environment
Must notify company (Michelle Kama) within 30 days
It is legal to prohibit intercompany relationships
What about the exception? àWill & Kristen
What about Kekoa & Pololena?
They are young
Haven’t been with company long enough
Michelle and company found out from others
Professionalism still needs to be developed
Pololena has changed àIs it from the relationship?
Let it happen?
NO RIGHT NOW àMahina
TRIAL PERIOD àAnuhea, Malia, Tiare, Asia, Pualei, Ku’upua
Michelle to meet with both at the same time in the future
Calendar “BLURBS” – Important announcements
Diamond Head Luau Haleakala Implements Introductions à3G order is “Middle, right, left, middle”
Diamond Head Luau Questions
Kaina – Why do boys need to stay on stage for Otea during girls otea?
Need to fill up stage
But in the way for certain transitions
Maintain energy on stage especially with newer/weaker dancers
VERDICT àOtea 3G, 2B remain on stage (no middle boy – wero)
If musicians on stage (rain plan) àno boys on stage (no room!)
Malia – Cellophane staging clarification
3G black poles àBring it in so it is not so sparse
4G middle of steps àUtilize full stage
Hale Koa Planters and New Stage Lights
HALE KOA LUAU STAGING and CHOREOGRAPHY CLARIFICATIONS
Maori – Hoki Hoki staging
Originally the rule was 2, 4 up
Now it is 1, 3 up
Samoa and other “split” entrance numbers – number “1” starts at stage right
Number the board and draw arrows
Kahiko “e ala” steps àHehi lift with lean forward
Otea – “1” girl starts from stage left because dancers enter left
Should we map out turns and levels with assigned numbers?
1 is front and up
2 is back and down
3 is front and down
4 is back and up
2 & 3 cross first
ADDING MORE DETAILS TO THE LINE UP BOARD TO HELP WITH NEW DANCERS àEspecially for Otea
Haka Rule of Thumb - Puku Riri – Girls outside the boys, if only 3G (like KML), girls spread out to utilize stage
Samoa – Enter on “X’s” and couples for transition
CENTER IS MARKED WITH ORANGE TAPE to the right of the center stairs
Aparima – Purple boy and Blue girl lead out of circles
Finale – Michelle to map out for different numbered casts
KML TO DEVELOP INTO A MORE STRUCTURED TIMELINE LIKE HK
EVERYONE TO USE PMT PAGE FOR QUESTIONS AND CONCERNS
Random hair checks effective immediately
Don’t assume, always check with Michelle
Hula hair versus Polynesian Hair àKEEP IT UNIFORMED ALWAYS FULL
REQUIRED SHOW ITEMS àDo not let boys borrow implements
Bring back box checks?
Malia Question regarding Kauai Medley – Huli calls are shared between boys and girls CHANGED
—> All dancers wait for boys “huli” from now on
Kaina clarified that “huli” was called for boys
historical or recurring issues
Imu has been ending too early, thus causing guests to come into the dining area when staff is not ready. This disrupts their service cycle and their standards are being thrown off. Hale Koa has asked us to stick to the established timeline, as shown below:
Imu cannot end earlier than 6:20pm. It can end later than 6:20, but NEVER earlier.
Musicians need to start playing Tipi Tipi at 5:50pm, and end Coco Climb NO EARLIER than 6:10pm. This allows 20 minutes for Fashion Show, Hula Lesson, and Coco Climb.
Imu is from 6:10-6:20pm and shall not end earlier than 6:20pm.
Always know your time and stretch your spiel of you are running early.
It has been observed that our Maui has had difficulty making fire and a lighter is being used, per musicians commentary. They feel that the fire starter is a vital component of the show's opening feature, and lends to the overall success of the Lu'au, and we agree, as this is our standard.
Prep your Aulima and Aunaki (sticks).
Dry them completely.
Make sure the Aulima is cut from the Aunaki. The wood needs to be the same for best results.
At Call-Time, put gas into your husks and on the sticks and let them dry in direct sunlight for pre-show.
If weather is not sunny, use the blow dryer to dry the sticks and the Pulu. Blow dry them til they're hot.
Take out all the variables and full proof your process. There is NO EXCUSE for not making the Fire.
Musicians: Please refrain from joking commentary. We are performing a cultural re-enactment, so please use supportive commentary. Read the tips below!
Buy time so that Maui can rest and catch his breath between attempts.
Tell the audience that the long stick is called Aunaki and the rubbing stick is called Aulima.
Explain to the audience how difficult it is to perform this task, especially with the Hawaii's humidity and moisture filled air.
Let them know that in order to start the fire, the temperature of the wood must reach 300 degrees Fahrenheit, and in some cases, it must reach up to 500 degrees Fahrenheit.
HK assignment charts
All Line Captains should be completing the assignment chart. This allows us to not only keep track of who did what task, but also maintain rotations so everyone is taking part in every task. We want our performers to take part in every task so they are familiar with it. If one person does the same task for months, when the time comes for them to do something else, they may forget crucial parts that will effect the overall quality of our lu'aus. See below for correctly and incorrectly filled out charts.
Misplacing Pre-Show Materials
Maintaining Pre-Show Supplies