Find a Halau - (Dance Studio)
One must realize that the ancient Hawaiian must have possessed a vast knowledge of his surroundings because of his accomplishments. When the western man thought that the world was flat, the Hawaiian sailed thousands of miles between Aotearoa (New Zealand) in the west, Rapanui (Easter Island) to the East and to Hawai`i, the third extremity, North of the Equator in the vicinity of the Tropic of Cancer. These 3 groups of islands are known as the Polynesian Triangle.
With only the stars as their guide, they came in double hulled canoes, with animals and plants that would feed them, women and children to populate this new land, the gods and goddesses to take care of their spiritual needs and a strong desire to live on this new land called
When did the Hula Start?s, trees, birds, etc.
Following the arrival of the missionaries in the 1820's in Hawaii, hula was discouraged. For many years, Hawaiians were not allowed to perform this dance, although in distant villages some did so in secret so the art was not entirely lost. Hula was revived in King Kalakaua's reign and again danced in public by many people. "Hula is the language of the heart of therefore the heartbeat of the Hawaiian people," as King Kalakaua proclaimed.
Ancient hula was performed under the watchful eye of the hula master or kumu and presented in a formal manner. The agile younger men and women performed the gestures and movements of the dance. They wore tapa (cloth) skirts and anklets fashioned from fish teeth. Leis of foliage or flowers crowned their heads and shoulders The older community members participated by playing percussion instruments and chanting.
Two ways of Presenting the Song (Mele)
There are two distinct ways for presenting mele: the oli and the hula.
Types of Hula
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