About Us

Your connection to the ALOHA Spirit

Come join us to learn about the Polynesian culture, music, dance, and basic Language. 

Excercise for the mind, body, and soul

Hula connection welcomes all who wish to learn about polynesian, dance, culture and music and make new connections.  

We perform at local festivals and events such as the Hawaiian Surf Club, San Clemente Ocean Festival, Doheney Surf Festival, Swallow’s Day Parade, Newport Beach Balboa Island Parade.

We also offer entertainment for both public and private events (email or call to discuss details). 


Create lifelong friendships, cultural values, respect for self and others

Hawai'i, Tahiti, Samoa, New Zealand

Our Kumu


Lianne Nahina Pfister

Lianne was born in Honolulu and raised on Oahu, Summers spent on Kaua'i. Most of her ohana continue to live in the islands. She has trained under well respected kumu Uncle George Na'ope, Uncle Keola Beamer, Aunty Ilima Montgomery, workshops with Aunty Vickie Holt Takamine, Uncle Robert Cazimero. She has danced professionally in CA and Hawai'i since 1980. The Hula Connection was founded in 2003 in South Orange County and focuses not only on Hawai'ian, but the Maori culture, Samoan, and Tahitian cultures which encompass most of Polynesia. 

In the 1970's, Lianne was part of the Hawai'ian Cultural Renaissance movement to teach the children of Hawai'i music/dances of Hawai'i to restore cultural awareness.

She was a high school and university cheerleader, is a licensed  and certified Speech-Language Pathologist, has  worked as an Adjunct Professor for Chapman University in the schools and clinics, and medical facilities for a total of over 30 years. 

Upcoming events


We perform at festivals and events all year round.  For updated events, visit our Facebook Site

Annual Winter Recital and Luau is in December

Class Descriptions


Students learn basic language, songs, dance steps, motions, meanings. Includes work with poi balls (Maori culture from New Zealand), Hawai'ian hula, implements, Tahitian, Samoan Music/dance forms. 

Mini Keikis (2-6 years)

Keiki (ages 7-12) older keiki 

Teens/young adults (13-29 years)

Wahines/Kanes (30+ years)

Tutu Wahines/Tutu Kanes (65+ years)




4:30-5:15 MINI KEIKI (2-6years)

5:30-6:15 Keiki / Preteen (7-12years)

6:30-7:15 Beginning Wahine ADULTS


5:30-6:15 MINI KEIKI (2-6 years)

6:30-7:15 INT/ADV Wahine/TEENS/ADULTS


(**6:30-7:15 Beginning Wahine TEENS/ADULTS - subject to enrollment)



Hula Connection's Alaka'i were drawn to the unconditional love, inspiration and support for all who want to dance at the halau.  The O'hana experience creates lifelong friendships and extended family.  The Alaka'i are a major part of Hula Connection's success at emulating and sharing genuine ALOHA.  They help to teach classes, coordinate shows and dance at performances.   

Brenda Wallace Penrose

Brenda trained with Ballet Pacifica and has experience in jazz, tap, and modern dancing.  She has been dancing with the Hula Connection since 2003.   Brenda has been a teacher for 19 years and loves to share her passion for dance with the anyone who wants to dance, especially those that never found a place they felt supported in.

Mhine Cabagbag

Mhine has been dancing with a hula halau since she was a keiki in the Philippines.  She has been dancing with the Hula Connection since 2010.  Her Keiki's also help to teach, lead the Keiki group, and sing and play music for the group.  

Ann Enano Arntson

Ann started dancing when her 4 year old daughter started taking lessons at Hula Connection.  She loves dancing with her daughter while her son drums.  She has been dancing with the Hula Connection since 2008. She loves the mission of Hula Connection to spread Aloha to the community.  She loves the saying "walk in....hula out."

Auntie Tara

Tara was a lead dancer at Tupua Productions before she had keiki's.  She feels blessed to be part of Hula Connection's O'hana since 2018 and to help share Aloha with the community. She believes hula is important for her keiki's because it is fun, relaxing, and they learn poise, discipline and leadership through performing. 

Bringing Aloha


Many of our students become lifelong members and friends. 

We have participated in many Festivals including the OHANA Festival, Polynesian Festival, Tallships, Hawaiian Surf Club, San Clemente Ocean Festivals.

Annual Parades include the Festival of Whales, Swallows Day, Aliso Viejo Winter, etc. 

Performances for private venues and events (i.e. birthday, baby showers, bridal showers, bachelorette parties, weddings, special ocassions). Call or email to discuss details. 



How much are classes?

-First class or trial class is free!  Drop in classes are  $20/class.  Monthly tuition is $70/month.  

Is there a discount for siblings or family members?

-Yes!  There is a 10% discount for additional sibling or family member

What other discounts do you offer?

Military 40% discount off monthly tuition ($40 vs. regularly $70)

Senior Citizen Discount:  $40 monthly tuition


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Contact Us

Hula Connection

3551 Camino Mira Costa, SUITE J San Clemente, California 92672, United States

(949) 842-0662

Free Trial Class


Private lessons available for Hula, please call to schedule.

Ukulele and Tahitian drug classes TBA depending on enrollement. 

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OLANANI - Terrence Nahina and Jordan Schmitz

San Clemente Surf Museum


Produced with Joey Travolta and Liza Krassner

Official Trailer for documentary Hula is My Language

How HULA spans across all boundaries and how it helps all to communicate

*Worthy Accomplishments*

OHANA, by Ikaika Beamer

Our keiki were blessed to appear in Uncko Ikaika's awesome song about OHANA!

Touching Ohana Moments

Dedicated to Mom