history of the studio is the history of Halla Pai Huhm. Officially opened
in 1950, the Halla Pai Huhm Studio is the only continuous source of Korean
dance and music in Hawaii. Students have included
both Koreans and non-Koreans, the young and senior citizens.
Huhm was assisted at the studio by several Koreans and invited important
visiting instructors from Korea to teach her students. Visitors have included:
Chung-won Kim Meyer, daughter of internationally recognized performer
Kim Ch'un-heung, and Joo Yeon-hee, a graduate of the music program of
Seoul National University and the dance program of Ewha Women's University.
On several occasions two of her mentors, Kim Ch'un-heung and Lee Ji-san,
taught at the Studio.
In 1973 Mary Jo Freshley (Myung Sa Pai), a former physical education instructor at Hawaii's Kamehameha Schools, began assisting at the Studio. Ms. Freshley coordinated the studio's business affairs and for many years was the Studio's major teaching assistant. She received the highest ranking teaching certificate in the Pai tradition from Halla Huhm. With the 1994 death of Halla Huhm, Ms. Freshley became the director and the main teacher at the Studio. From 1994 to 2001, Ms. Freshley was assisted by Ji-a (Mi-ok) Kim. In April 2001, Ms. Freshley announced her retirement, but due to the health problems of her successor, she has remained as acting director of the studio.
The Studio is committed to maintaining the tradition of Korean music and dance performance established by Halla Huhm and to supporting a broad array of Korean dance and music activities. Interested individuals should contact:
1502-B South King Street
Honolulu, Hawaii 96826
tel/fax (808) 949-2888