About Auntie Gloria
My name is Gloria Hilina`i Ruiz. Hula fills my soul, my mind, and my life with joy, energy and harmony. Hula is my connection to the spiritual ancestry that guards, protects us and guides us through our journey on this earth. Being a practitioner gives a profound gratitude and respect for the people, the culture and the land of Hawaii. Glad to be a small contribution to its perpetuation.
I have been dancing hula for 20 years, teaching for 15 years, and have been studying under Kumu Hula Mapuana de Silva in Ka`ohao, O`ahu since 2003. After concluding the first five years of my study program with Aunty Mapu, I `uniki (graduated) as `olapa – dancer of traditional hula – in August of 2007. Since there is so much to learn about Hawai`i, places, people and culture, I am continuing my hula training for as long as I can.
The journey into knowledge is endless and I feel truly blessed to be travelling this path with the support of my family, our `Ohana Hula (Hula Family) of Hālau Makana Lani whose wonderful love, commitment and support keeps us moving forward. IMUA!!