Hawaiian Hula Dance

Hula is the storytelling dance of the Hawaiian Islands and it’s people.
Hula is a dance form accompanied by chant or song (oli or mele). It was developed by Kanaka Ma’oli, indigenous Polynesian settlers of the Hawaiian Islands.

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.

Missionaries deemed hula a pagan ritual and persuaded Queen Ka’ahumanu to convert religions, banning public hula in 1830. King David Kalākaua initiated the resurgence of hula during his royalty reign.