Absorb the Spirit of HulaBig Island

In its authentic form, HULA is the most powerful expression of indigenous Hawaiian culture that exists. The chants and dance comprise an oral history of Hawai‘i’s native people, passed down from a kumu hula (teacher) to each generation.

The MERRIE MONARCH FESTIVAL is the premier showcasing of this ancient artform in all its splendor. The WEEKLONG CELEBRATION, established in 1963 to honor the legacy left by King David Kalakaua, takes place each spring and features an internationally acclaimed hula competition, crafts fair, art show, hula shows and a grand parade.

HULA PERFORMANCES also abound at shopping centers and schools around the island. If you’d like to learn the art of the dance yourself, look into taking a class at various resorts.

To experience the beauty and excitement of the hula—and other dances from around Polynesia— head to THE SHOPS AT MAUNA LANI for its thrilling Polynesian hula shows, 7 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays at Center Stage. The shows are free and open to the public. You’ll be entertained by hula and Tahitian dancers, fire knife dancers and performers of the Maori haka.