Handmade Uli uli, hand-dyed Tahitian skirts
Sponsored by Aloha Hula Supply
It takes a lot of hard work to put on a show like the Queen Lili’uokalani Keiki Hula Competition. While it takes dedication from each halau, it also requires implements and costumes to bring each dance to life. Many products from Aloha Hula Supply can be seen each year during the Keiki Hula and Merrie Monarch competitions.
Aloha Hula Supply is the largest supplier of hula implements and Polynesian dance supplies worldwide. Besides all the different hula halau and Polynesian dance schools locally, it ships orders out all over the world daily, including to Japan. You can even find handmade Tahitian costumes, which can be made to the color and size of your choice. There are also Samoan, Tongan, and Maori costumes and accessories available.
The biggest sellers at Aloha Hula Supply? Uli uli and Tahitian skirts, both of which are either handmade or dyed in its warehouse in central Oahu. You’ll also find pu`ili, ipu and many other traditional hula implements, as well as a variety of lei, hairpieces, skirts, feathers and shells.
Aloha Hula Supply opened in 1998 under Steven Kop of the original Hula Supply Center. After many years of being his customer, Sue Eldredge eventually purchased the business and ran it under new ownership in 2013. Her daughter Kelina Eldredge, after returning to the islands from college, has also been helping to run the business ever since.
In 2017, Kelina was awarded Miss Aloha Hula. “I truly feel that hula is my life,” she says. Now, she helps halau and other hula dancers by providing them with their own implements. And she still dances, of course. “I’m lucky to be able to do both!”
Aloha Hula Supply is open Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays.
Aloha Hula Supply
4369 Lawehana Street, #A2
Honolulu, HI 96818