One of the unique contributions of Hawai`i to the world is the art of Hula. It has become a symbol of the culture and a showcase for the beauty of Hawai`i and its people. This dance has been described as “poetry in motion”, as each dance is accompanied by a chant or song and tells a story. Nowadays, there are many types and styles of hula, from the Hula Kahiko (ancient hula), to the Hula Auana (modern hula) and the glitzy, made for movies, “Hollywood Hula”. Modern hula is what most visitors see when they come to Hawai`i, but authentic, ancient hula can also be seen at seasonal festivals and competitions throughout the islands. In fact, hula has become so popular that it is taught in many halaus (hula schools) worldwide!
Those of you who are visiting on Oahu right now, in the month of September, have the opportunity to enjoy hula being showcased at our Aloha Festival Events and Annual Aloha Festival Parade! You can check the Calendar of the Seek Spot by Be Our Guest Directory to find out dates, times, and locations for these events and other Oahu activities. You can also, of course, enjoy hula through the venue of a Luau, such as the popular Ali`i Luau at the Polynesian Cultural Center, out on the beautiful North Shore of Oahu. It is a lasting testament to the Hawaiian people that this heritage of their culture continues today! Don’t miss a chance to experience the vibrant, enchanting art form of Hula!