Hula Preservation Society

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Inspired by Kumu Hula Nona Kapuailohia Desha Beamer (1923–2008), the non-profit Hula Preservation Society (HPS) was founded in 2000 to preserve and share the life stories, knowledge, insights, and historical materials of esteemed elders. The HPS Archive is a unique repository built upon video oral histories with elders and tangible materials gifted from their personal collections. Together they create a wealth of learning, offering a space to connect to Hawai'i and its culture through the lens of hula. HPS seeks to digitally share these resources with Hawaiians, learners of hula, practitioners, and researchers, a vast community that spans the globe. These finding aids provide a window into the richness that can be found in HPS's video oral histories. To learn more about the HPS Archive and how to access the oral histories, visit To explore HPS's online resources, visit


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