Hawaiian Hula Dance
Hula dramatizes or portrays the words of an oli or mele, a visual form displaying the story that is being told. Some dances feature hula implements or dance instruments. A hula can be performed by both kāne and wāhine, (men and women).
There are two main categories of hula. Hula Kahiko and Hula ‘Auana. Kahiko, is the ancient hula performed before western encounters with Hawai’i. ‘Auana is a modern, elegant style of hula, influenced by the guitar and ukulele.