As part of our Daily Activity Program, IIE Hawaii offers free beginner hula lessons to students at the school once a week.
The world-famous dance is the heartbeat of Hawaiian culture and history. The stories of ancient Hawaii are preserved in the beautiful dance steps of hula.
IIE Hawaii offers surf lessons through Girls Who Surf, an established surfing school with high quality, safe programs. IIE Hawaii also offers English course and surfing packages, Hawaiian English Adventures.
The ukulele is a well-loved and well-known instrument of Hawaii. It can be heard in almost all Hawaiian music, and is an important part of the traditional hula dance.
IIE is very proud to feature weekly ukulele lessons to our students.
History of the Ukulele
The ukulele was introduced to the Hawaiian islands in 1879 by a group of Portuguese workers arriving on a ship called Ravenscrag. One of the men, Joao Fernandes, was a craftsman who brought his braguinha to Hawaii, and played it for the Hawaiians. It was quickly embraced by the native Hawaiians, who named it the ukulele.