Heidi Ruehle-May
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Hula is so much more than pretty music and movement.  It was and continues to be fundamental to the Hawaiian community to connect, celebrate, and most importantly to communicate their oral history.  Prior to western contact, ancient Hawaiians did not have a written language.  Their history was chronicled through their chants; hula tells these stories through dance.  Hula is essential to the survival of Hawaiian culture.   “Building becomes architecture only when the mind of man consciously takes it and tries with all his resources to make it beautiful, to put concordance, sympathy with nature, and all that into it. Then you have architecture.”  -- Frank Lloyd Wright   Frank Lloyd Wright celebrated nature as central to his authentic designs; the purpose of this program is to connect the spirituality of both Wright’s architecture at Unity Temple and the Hawaiian culture through the ancient art form of hula. The program will feature traditional and modern hula song and dance, with a special choreography inspired by Unity Temple.   Families are welcome with discounted tickets available for children. Refreshments and food will be served immediately following the performance at the Zen Life & Meditation Center at 46 Lake Street, Oak Park. Donations are appreciated.   ABOUT HALAU I KA PONO June Tanoue was born in Hawaii and is of Japanese descent. Her love of hula began at a young age with serious study beginning in 1988. In 2000, June achieved the highest rank of hula, Kuma Hula (Master Teacher) and, in 2009, she established the Halau i Ka Pono (the school that cultivates goodness) in Oak Park, Illinois. Adult and children students of Halau i Ka Pono will be part of the program.   ABOUT UNITY TEMPLE RESTORATION FOUNDATION Unity Temple Restoration Foundation (UTRF) is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and operation of Frank Lloyd Wright’s modern masterpiece, Unity Temple, while offering artistic, cultural and educational programs to the public.