Get to Know Hula. Get to Know Hawaii.
Hula Is A Celebration of Life.
by Kim Steutermann Rogers
Aloha. Surfing and luau. Ukulele and slack key guitar. These things have come to define Hawaii. The same is true of hula. Hula is a uniquely Hawaiian dance performed with oli (chant) and mele (song) to convey the many stories and traditions of the Hawaiian people. These stories may be light-hearted. They may be sensual. They may evoke a spiritual or worshipful essence. They may be told with breakneck speed or at a hypnotic pace. King David Kalakaua, credited with reviving hula in the late 19th century said, "Hula is the language of the heart, therefore the heartbeat of the Hawaiian people." Read more
Hula is Perpetuated in Keauhou.
by Kim Steutermann Rogers
We gathered to enjoy a day of hula, hosted by Kumu Keala and his halau. A total of 12 halau from around Hawaii Island participated in E Mau Ana Ka Hula, a tribute to King David Kalakaua, known as the “Merrie Monarch.” In the late 1800s, Kalakaua encouraged the public performance of hula and is credited with reinvigorating the Hawaiian culture. Kalakaua spent summers in Keauhou and lived in a cottage on the grounds of Keauhou Beach Resort. Read more
View from Here
Carol Yotsuda Wraps on Frank Hewett
For 28 years, Carol has orchestrated Kauai’s weekly E Kanikapila Kakou, a gathering of Hawaii’s most beloved musical and cultural performers. This past Monday, the esteemed Kumu Kawaikapuokalani Hewett and his hula halau performed. In the way that has become her signature, Carol wrote her “wrap story” about the event. Read more
Who Needs Zumba When There’s Hula
Coming off another spectacular performance, a local hula troupe thrilled the 500-strong audience at EKK last Monday. Kumu Lena’ala Pavao Jardin opened with a resonating oli in Hawaiian. As is the custom, she recognized ke akua, God, and her own kumu, Ray Fonseca. “I hope you will see his [Ray’s] love for hula through me,” she said. Read more
The Season of Hula is Here:
Throughout the Hawaiian Islands, there are numerous festivals and celebrations that honor hula. Here are a select few:
Merrie Monarch Festival (Big Island)
This week-long, world-renowned celebration of hula takes place annually, the week following Easter.
Prince Lot Hula Festival (Oahu)
This one-day event has been taking place for over 30 years. It is held in Moanalua Gardens on the third Saturday in July.
King Kamehameha Hula Competition (Oahu)
This weekend event is nearing its fourth decade. It's sponsored by the State Council on Hawaiian Heritage and takes place the last weekend in June.
The Queen Liliuokalani Keiki Hula Competition (Oahu)
The Kalihi-Palama Culture and Arts Society has presented this children's hula competition since 1976. It typically takes place in July.
Eo E Emalani I Alakai Festival (Kauai)
This one-day annual event takes place in the forest of Kokee State Park, usually on the second Saturday of October, and commemorates the 1871 journey of Hawaii's beloved Queen Emma.
Kuhio Beach (Oahu)
Tue, Thurs, Sat & Sun at sunset (varies between 6:00 and 6:30 throughout the year).
Waikiki Beach Walk ® (Oahu)
Tuesday afternoons from 4:30 - 6:00 p.m.
Lahaina Cannery Mall (Maui)
Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7:00 p.m. Keiki (children's) hula shows every Saturday and Sunday at 1:00 p.m.
Coconut Marketplace (Kauai)
Wednesdays at 5:00 p.m. and Saturdays at 1:00 p.m.
Poipu Shopping Village (Kauai)
Every Tuesday and Thursday at 5:00 p.m.
Na Mea Hawaii Kahiko Performance (Big Island)
Keauhou Shopping Center (Big Island)
Fridays at 6:00 p.m.
Hula at Retail
Mana Hawaii (Oahu)
Waikiki Beach Walk®
Aloha Hula Supply (Oahu)
648A Laumaka Street, Honolulu, HI 96819
KTS Hula Supply (Oahu)
650 Ahua St., Honolulu, HI 96819
Na Kani O Hula (Maui)
113 Baldwin Ave., Paia, HI 96779