Absorb The Spirit Of Hula

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PHOTO: HAWAII TOURISM AUTHORITY (HTA) / TOR JOHNSON | LOCATION: KOHALA COAST

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 (hula teacher) to each generation.

MERRIE MONARCH FESTIVAL is Hawai‘i’s premier showcase of this ancient art form in its splendor. The WEEK-LONG CELEBRATION, established in 1963 to honor the legacy left by King David Kalākaua, takes place each spring, and features an internationally acclaimed hula competition, crafts fair, art show, hula shows and a grand parade. The 2020 showcase was canceled due to the pandemic. However, the hula community persevered and held its 2021 competition in July, with no audience and limited capacity. HULA PERFORMANCES also abound at shopping centers and schools around the island throughout the year (and may rival any you’d see at a lu‘au). If you’d like to learn the art of the dance yourself, look into taking a class at various resorts.