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

    • Sparks jealousy

    • Shows are great without dating

    • Affects the quality of shows

    • Contracts at risk

    • D R A M A

    • Creates negative work environment

    • DATING POLICY

      • Must notify company (Michelle Kama) within 30 days 

      • It is legal to prohibit intercompany relationships

      • Scheduling constraints

  • 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

    • JEALOUSY

    • Professionalism still needs to be developed

    • Pololena has changed àIs it from the relationship?

    • Let it happen?

    • Set boundaries?

    • Ultimatum?

    • VOTE:

      • 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

    • Be careful!

  • 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

Attendance:

Michelle Kama

Mahina Souza

Pualei Lynch

Anuhea Cruz

Ku’upua Enemoto

Malia Munday

Malia Voorhees

historical or recurring issues

Imu Presentation
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.

Fire Starter
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.

The green areas show what was completely filled out, while the red are areas that we need to correct and improve upon.

The green areas show what was completely filled out, while the red are areas that we need to correct and improve upon.

Pre-Show Issues

Misplacing Pre-Show Materials

Do not place any leaves, pre-show supplies, or any other items in the Hale Koa Bushes. We have to pay for the repairs and upkeep if any damages occur.

Do not place any leaves, pre-show supplies, or any other items in the Hale Koa Bushes. We have to pay for the repairs and upkeep if any damages occur.

Maintaining Pre-Show Supplies

This was how the tattoo box was left after pre-show and is unacceptable. Please make sure our boys are cleaning and putting up all pre-show supplies properly.

This was how the tattoo box was left after pre-show and is unacceptable. Please make sure our boys are cleaning and putting up all pre-show supplies properly.