Every act of aloha counts. Click here to DONATE to the MAUI RELIEF Fund.            

Brazil’s ‘Martial Art’ In Kaneohe

Brazilian Capoeira is not quite a martial art, but it’s not quite dance, either.

Whatever it is, Capoeira Besouro Hawaii offers lessons for all ages at its new academy, located at 46-208 Kahuhipa St. in Kaneohe.

The sport’s origins are debated even today, but it is generally thought that African slaves in Brazil developed capoeira in the 16th century as a means of self-defense, particularly when outnumbered or faced with armed assailants.

It’s characterized by constant, almost dance-like motion, with acrobatics, evasive movements and decisive strikes. It is usually performed with musical accompaniment in the berimbau (a Brazilian single-string instrument) and singing.

Capoeira Besouro Hawaii is owned by Rio de Janeiro native Mestre Kinha, who has competed in and taught capoeira around the world. Classes are held Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays for children and adults. Drop-in fees for classes range between $15 and $18.

For details, call 247-7890 or 386-6895, or visit capoeirabesourohawaii.com.