Hula - Where To Dance
Where To Dance

Dance Style - Hula

Hula: The Heartbeat of Hawaiian Culture

Hula, more than just a dance, is a vibrant expression of Hawaiian culture and the Aloha spirit. This ancient art form narrates the stories, traditions, and emotions of Hawaii.

Origins and History

With roots in ancient Polynesian settlers' rituals and legends, Hula has evolved through generations, intertwining with Hawaiian history and mythology.

Two Main Styles

Hula is divided into two main styles: the traditional Hula Kahiko, accompanied by chanting and traditional instruments, and the modern Hula 'Auana, influenced by Western ideas and set to song and string instruments.

Deep Symbolism

Every movement in Hula, from the sway of the hips to the gestures of the hands, has meaning, often mirroring natural elements like the wind or waves.

Chants and Music

Hula is performed to oli (chants) or mele (songs), which are integral in conveying the dance's narrative, celebrating everything from nature to historical events.

Costumes and Instruments

Dancers often wear traditional costumes made from natural materials like leaves and feathers, and utilize instruments such as the ipu (gourd drum) and ‘uli‘uli (feathered gourds).

Spiritual Connection

Hula is deeply spiritual, connecting dancers and spectators alike to the land (‘aina), ancestors (kupuna), and Hawaiian gods.

Cultural Revival

In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Hula underwent a revival, reasserting its importance as a cultural symbol and artistic expression in Hawaii.

Modern Significance

Today, Hula continues to be a vital part of Hawaiian identity, celebrated in festivals like the Merrie Monarch, and serving as a bridge connecting the past with the present.

Global Appeal

Hula has transcended its Hawaiian roots, captivating audiences worldwide and symbolizing the universal themes of connection to nature and expression of community stories.