Absorb the Spirit of HulaMaui
In its authentic form, HULA is the most powerful expression of indigenous Hawaiian culture that exists. The CHANTS and MUSIC accompanying hula are, in essence, ORAL HISTORY OF HAWAI‘I’S NATIVE PEOPLE, passed down from one kumu hula (hula teacher) to another.
King David Kalakaua, who came to the throne in 1874, is credited with reviving hula after it had been declared illegal at the insistence of Christian missionaries. Embodying hula’s significance in Hawaiian culture, MERRIE MONARCH FESTIVAL, named for King Kalakaua, was established on Hawai‘i Island in 1963 as an annual showcase for both kahiko (traditional) and ‘auana (contemporary) hula.
On Maui, FREE HULA SHOWS can be seen at various Lahaina locations. Check with the KA‘ANAPALI BEACH HOTEL, LAHAINA CANNERY MALL, THE OUTLETS OF MAUI, WHALERS VILLAGE and naturally, your concierge, for more information.