Being a keen observer of the life, the people watching the hula show in Hawaii, I found those, most of the tourists, very interesting. It is not like they some kind of different look or expression, nothing philosophical. Like most of the locals were completely focused on the moves of the dance, the flow with music, each and every inch of the dance and things related to dance. After trying to figure out what and why and asking lots of asking to the guest too, I found out that they, actually, didn’t understood the meaning of the hula dance and what is it about! So this article id dedicated to all people who wonder what is so fuss about Hula.
Let us first start from the term ‘hula’, sorry to disappoint many boys if they think hula means to shake hips, it actually means dance. Hula is a Hawaiian word and refers to Hawaiian dance style. Hula is divided into three types: Kahiko, which is a traditional style of dance, performed with traditional costumes: second is Auana, which is flowing style, performed in modern Hawaiian costumes and third is Hapa Haole, also known as hotel hula which is performed in coconut bras and blue-spangled faux grass skirts made of plastic.
Let us get into the history of the hula, just a small overview of which many Hawaiian will agree on how the hula started.
On Molokai, it is said that hula was brought long time ago by a man, named Laka, from Tahiti. Some believe that he is related to god/ hero Rata in the South Pacific.
On Molokai the story is that hula came to these islands a very long time ago from Tahiti, brought by a man named Laka, assumed to be related to the male god/hero Rata in the South Pacific.
On Kauai, I think the people are themselves confused as some say it was brought by a woman, and some it was a man, and a woman, and both named Laka. And the only common thing is hula was brought from Tahiti.
This story is different, on the Big Land it is said that it was invented here on the Big Land by a woman, Hopoe. And she taught it to her goddess friend, Hi’iaka, who later taught it to her elder sister, Pele. See I told you very unusual legend of human teaching hula to god!
Every small step in hula is named something, even little movement in palm counts as a step. The dance is used to narrate a story, which is conveyed by little –little many movements of the body parts. It is very difficult to know for that you need to talk to expert in hula. Kahiko hula is very old and is performed as it was very years back. It is performed with chanting and traditional instrument such as skin and gourd drums, bamboo rattles, and sometimes castanets made of stones. Auana hula is type of modern hula. Modern instrument such as band playing guitar and ukuleles, accompanied by the singing is used to perform Hula. It is molded according to the interest of the tourists and visitors. It tells the story from romance, to gossip, to praise of people and places, to simply telling about a great party, picnic, or adventure someone had and whereas Kahiko tell the story from legends, ancient gods and goddesses, chiefs, and royalty. But overall, you will enjoy learning hula and if you remember the lyrics of the chant or song, you will even enjoy more. If you get a chance to see the Merrie Monarch Festival, in person, on television, or on a DVD, do not miss it. There is nothing else like it in the entire world.