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Hula – Dance

Hula is the Hawaiian spiritual practice of dance. Through movement and sound, it connects past, present and future. Hula is sacred and imbued with prayer; it is poetry in motion reflecting the holiness of creation. This ancient wisdom has been passed down for generations and has become a multifaceted art and a way of life.

The dance, and the spaces in between its movements, reveal the forms of sacred geometry. Ceremonies are performed in heiau or on sacred sites, strategically situated in alignment with the stars. The movements are healing and strengthening for the entire body. Chanting or oli are archetypes containing kaona, hidden meaning, important messages from the ancestors .

A halau is a hula school, which literally means “ a branch from which many leaves grow.” Hula embodies Hawaiian culture, ancient mysteries, and genealogy. It is a means for connection to the earth and all her many splendors. It is a gateway to the heavens and to all those who have come before us, and to those who will carry on. It is a continuum for life everlasting, representing the sacred feminine.

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The Sacred Hula

Hula is the soul of Hawaii expressed in motion. No one knows its exact origins but Hawaiians agree that the first hula was performed by a god or goddess which makes the dance a sacred ritual.

Some believe the hula was only danced by men, but legend and historical sources tells us both men and women danced. Hawaiian hula is unique and totally different from other Polynesian dances. Although it began as a form of worship during religious ceremonies, it gradually evolved into a form of entertainment.

From: http://www.alternative-hawaii.com/hacul/hula.htm

The hula kahiko, or ancient form of the dance, was and still is performed in traditional costume, accompanied by chanting and traditional percussion instruments, whilst the hula ‘auana, or modern version of the dance, is more likely to be accompanied by modern instruments such as the ukulele and guitar. The costumes also are more modern, ranging from simple skirts and tops to elaborate Victorian outfits and, for the hotel circuit, plastic “grass” skirts and coconut bras.

The hula has 3 purposes: to entertain, to inspire and to instruct. It is a cultural vehicle for social and historical commentary and passing of information. The dances and chants contain a magic that transcends their external power and beauty, filling both dancer and audience with Aloha.


37th Annual Hula Competition and place to meet, share and celebrate Hawaiian Culture and its unique beauty.


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