Hula and Hawaiian Culture Photography Workshop

Brian Ross & Lindsey Taylor

Hawaii Photography WorkshopA unique opportunity for photographers as well as videographers to follow a hula halau during the international Merrie Monarch hula competition.  This photography workshop offers a rare glimpse into the behind the scenes preparation of one of Hawaii’s most successful hula halaus (school) while they prepare for the prestigious Merrie Monarch festival, a hula competition created by the Merrie Monarch himself, King David Kalakaua to preserve the culture and showcase the talent of Halau’s throughout the islands. We have been adopted by Hula Halau O’kahiki Laulani to join them as partners in Aloha for this very special week. Follow a hula halau during the week of the international Merrie Monarch Hula competition as they head into their natural surroundings and collect elements for their ritual costumes. This is a unique opportunity to photograph them making their costumes and in rehearsals. You will be able to photograph hula practitioners on location in nature areas both as soloists and in a group.  In the evenings we will be able to offer photo guidance and peer reviews. This workshop has been engineered to create a portfolio of diverse and dynamic images in a variety of shooting locations and subjects.


Day 1 – Saturday, April 19, 2014 Arrive in Hilo. Grab lunch in Hilo. Hula orientation with Eden at the beautiful Kalani retreat center.

Day 2 – Sunday, April 20, 2014 9AM Ho’olaulea Celebration Afternoon Volcano excursion

Day 3 – Monday, April 21, 2014 Introduced to Halau members and assigned to Halau partners Evening sunset beach location rehearsal shoot

Day 4 – Tuesday, April 22, 2014 Rehearsal and preparation at the Halau studio

Day 5 – Wednesday, April 23, 2014 Rehearsal coverage and shoot 6PM ho’oike

Day 6 – Thursday, April 24, 2014 Individual shoots with Halau members 6PM Miss Aloha Hula – Kahikio, Auana + ole

Day 7 – Friday, April 25, 2014 Group Competition

Day 8 – Saturday, April 26, 2014 10:30 parade Departure

About the Facilitator(s)

Brian Ross

Brian Ross has been shooting for over 25 years, and his work has been exhibited at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum, the Broadway Gallery in NYC, & the Hui No’eau in Hawaii. He has a degree in Communications & Anthropology from the University of Pennsylvania, and has done graduate work in Filmmaking at NYU.  Brian has photographed noble laureates: HH the Dalai Lama XIV, Nelson Mandela, and Archbishop Desmond Tutu, and has explored contemporary expressions of spirituality and art. He has created successful fundraising art events to benefit the Nelson Mandela’s Children’s Fund & the Tibetan Children’s Village in India. He is the author of “Lunch with Krishna”, a work of fiction examining spirituality and culture in contemporary society.

Over the last decade Brian has been photographing and exploring Hawaii’s most scenic locations.


To Register:

Workshop Fees

Fees include workshop, meals, accommodations, and use of Kalani's facilities including pool, hot tub and sauna.

Fees per person: Double Occupancy Single Occupancy
6 - Cottage $ 2800 n/a
5 - Tropical Loft n/a n/a
4 - Tree House Room n/a n/a
3 - Bungalow Room n/a n/a
2 - Lodge Room (private bath) n/a n/a
1 - Lodge Room (shared bath) n/a n/a

Prices subject to change without notice.