Beautiful Hawaiian Hula Dance, History Revealed

Saputra | July 24, 2016 | History | 0 comment

Modern Hula Dance In Welcoming Tourists Ceremony In Hawaii

Who does not know Hawaii? Is the 50th and most recent state of the USA and is the only US state that not located in Americas. Well that's all I know about the geographic of Hawaii, if you want to know more you can always visit Wikipedia and search for Hawaii.

So, what is special about Hawaii aside of the exotic beach and beautiful native Hawaiian girls? One of the most popular in Hawaii is their native dance. They called Hula dance, a smooth and flowing dance with fluid movement. It is believed that the movement is speaking of nature likes threes and fish, smooth like a threes blowing in the wind and flowing like fish in the sea.

Native Hawaiian people tell story about their Hawaiian goddess, Laka. Laka has divided Hawaiian dancers in two groups:

1. Olapa, filled with young generation who dance with more energy, faster and steady.
2. Ho'o-paa, filled with elders, older generation who play musical instrument and sang.

There is interesting fact that most people do not know about Hula dance. Hula dances truthfully has six traditional movement. In the reality there are many explanation and divergent ways on how to use this basic moves to creates smooth and unique yet beautiful dances.


A dancer with catchy outfit, men and women dress in knee skirts from palm leaves, their arms decorated with flower leights as well as legs and heads. As of the years before 1820 the women wearing much shorter skirts and men dress in with loin clothes. And in 1820 the missionaries force the to wear a less exposing clothes when dances.

The Story Origins of Hula Dance


Long time ago...far far away galaxy..lets skip the galaxy. Hula dance is a ritual dance presented for Pele, the Volcano goddess. History says that her sister Hi'iaka is the one that dance for Pele. Hi'aka has a keeper which is the goddess Laka, she was a messenger to the Pele. Honored with prayers and offerings also leis from the dancers, Laka becomes the goddess that often mentioned to modern Hula dancing. From generation to other generation this ancient myth exist through their heirs.

On Hula dance there is a poetic chants performed by male dancers, the Mele is the alias of the chant. When the dance started the chants was delivered and the women played with passionate form. Accompanied with native music using shark skin drums and rattles also castanets plus gourds. Using accessories such as leis and bracelets also necklaces, together with their costumes. The women using wrapped skirts made of cloth and the men using loin cloths.

However, leis were not supposed to be worn after the dance, they're located in the altar of Laka, symbol of offering flowers to the goddess.To the native people Hula is not just a symbol but its a record of history, so much history is written in Hula dance.

The History of Hula In Hawaii


Hula names was originally from the words "Ha'a". In 19th century was changed to "Hula". Hula nearly extinct due the arrival of Christian missionaries in the year of 1820. Many people has to decided to follow Christian religion, including Queen Ka'ahumanu. Hula being banned as of the temples and goddess images destroyed. Christian
thinks that hula is a pagan ritual dance which is vulgar, sinful and revolting. Back then Hula was secretly and thought for a little while.

When King Kamehameaha III take the crowns, Hula is re-established, it was happened in 1830 the king demand a religious freedom to anybody. However, still is not the whole part that re-established, the Christian missionaries demand that Hula can be performed if the dancer using high-neck gowns with long sleeves costumes.

In 1874 to 1891 there was a major breakthrough happened, Hula once again brought it out open by the last king of Hawaii, David Kalakua. The king encouraging not just its movement but adding costumes, songs also text as well as music instrument. The king likes to travel around visit the people and gathering festivals. Hula dance was soon be the main themes of festivals and sometimes danced in his honor.

After glorius history with the last king, Hula dance gained world popularity. For modern community this dance is portrayed in different manner. And, in the mid 20th century, Hula dance has going through major improvement, adding new instrument such as guitar and ukulele. Till now there are two main style of Hula dance, the Kahiko (Hula ancient) and The Auana (Hula Modern).

Modern culture influence has affected Hula dance, the combination modern and traditional its remains adorable, beautiful dance performance. Hula dance nowadays become Hawaii characteristic and culture that symbolize nature with all its elements. Smooth hand movement along way with the palms and the calm of Hawaiian oceans.

As usual there is video related below. Enjoy!

Exotic Ancient Hula Dance Performances

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