Sunset has always been my favorite scenic view by the beach as this moment of day to night phenomenon is dramatic, stunning and spectacular. A beautiful moment of the day to witness this stunning view. Nevertheless, Hawaiian sunset is not an exception for a sunset to remember. The best view to see it is by the shore of Waikiki Beach, where visitors flocked by 5:30 pm to 7pm to witness this beautiful phenomenon. It is simply stunning… beautiful… and breathtaking.
The following are information about Hula.
Hula is a dance form accompanied by chant or song. It was developed in the Hawaiian Islands by the Polynesians who originally settled there. The chant or song is called a mele. The hula dramatizes or comments on the mele.
There are many styles of hula. They are commonly divided into two broad categories: Ancient hula, as performed before Western encounters with Hawai’i, is called kahiko. It is accompanied by chant and traditional instruments. Hula as it evolved under Western influence, in the 19th and 20th centuries, is called ‘auana. It is accompanied by song and Western-influenced musical instruments such as the guitar, the ‘ukulele, and the double bass.
Hula is taught in schools called hālau. The teacher of hula is the kumu hula, where kumu means source of knowledge. Hula dancing is a complex art form, and there are many hand motions used to signify aspects of nature, such as the basic Hula and Coconut Tree motions, or the basic leg steps, such as the Kaholo, Ka'o, and Ami. Hula is performed at luau (Hawaiian parties) and celebrations. Hula lessons are common for girls from ages 6–12 and, just like another kind of dance they have recitals and perform at luau.
There are various legends surrounding the origins of hula. According to one Hawaiian legend Laka, goddess of the hula, gave birth to the dance on the island of Moloka’i, at a sacred place in Ka’ana. After Laka died, her remains were hidden beneath the hill Pu’u Nana.
Another story tells of Hi’iaka, who danced to appease her fiery sister, the volcano goddess Pele. This story locates the source of the hula on Hawai’i, in the Puna district at the Hā’ena shoreline. The ancient hula Ke Ha’a Ala Puna describes this event.
Another story is when Pele, the goddess of fire was trying to find a home for herself running away from her sister Namakaokaha'i (the goddess of the oceans) when she finally found an island where she couldn't be touched by the waves. There at chain of craters on the island of Hawai'i she danced the first dance of hula signifying that she finally won.
One story is that Pele asked Laka to amuse her because Pele was bored. So right away Laka got up and began to move gracefully, acting out silently events they both knew. Pele enjoyed this and was fascinated thus Hula was born. (Source)
|Its time for the audience to try Hula...|
The show ran for an hour and all the audiences were turning into crowds at the Kuhio Beach Hula Mound. Most of the audiences were visitors in Hawaii like us. After a series of shows from both male and female performers, they ended the show by inviting first time visitors in Hawaii to go on the stage and try Hula. My sister and my mom were pushing me try it but I did not try (They are second time visitors already). I felt shy to do Hula in front of the crowd so I just watch the visitors who dare to try the Hula onstage. They were fun to watch as some were really having a hard time doing the dance especially the slow one. The male and female Hula performers taught them the move and steps and practice one routine. After a few practice and briefing the first time visitors together with the performers dance a full routine of Hula in front of the audience. It was fun when they ended it on their back a made a slow left and right move of their butt.
The Hula show ended with a pictorial with the performers. The audience flocked them including us to have souvenir shots with the Hula performers. I am satisfied with the free Hula show. It was a showcase of culture in a spectacular show by the beach. It is a great way to discover the rich heritage and culture of the islands of Hawaii.
*Free Hula shows in Kuhio Beach Hula Mound is every Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays from 6:30pm to 7:30pm.
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