Polynesians, who were the first settlers on the Hawaiian Islands, invented a stunning chanting dance which is known in the lovely planet as Hula dance. Legend is that it was started in the Molokai and Kauai islands of Hawaii by the goddess Laka, although there are many other stories as well. The enchanting songs which have been passed on from generations to generations are carrying only oral history. The lyrics are based upon mythology and other fantasies related to certain events happenings in this territory.
Today Hula, which is the beauty of the Hawaiian culture, is performed in tremendous variations and numerous styles in different parts of Hawaii in festivals and other events. However, Hula dance has two basic categories known as Hula ‘Auana and Hula Kahiko.
The pure original format is called as Kahiko which is accompanied by chant and traditional instruments. Other was evolved diring the twentieth century when settlers from west stepped on this land. It is accompanied by song and Western-influenced musical instruments such as the guitar, the ʻukulele, and the double bass.
The traditional Hula Kahiko was linked with the local rituals and religious obligations. Sometimes it was also performed in the honor of the king or head of the clan. Today, this tradition has been kept alive and it attracts thousands of tourists annually who come and amuse themselves by the hypnotizing movements of the dancers. The historical and classical chants add beauty to this fascinating and conventional samba.
Costumes are chronically considerable as in the ancient times it was performed with topless bodies by women. But today, they use barkcloth, which is just long enough to go around the waist. They also adorn themselves by using lovely necklaces, bracelets and anklets etc. Traditional male dancers wore the everyday malo, or loincloth. Again, they might wear bulky malo made of many yards of tapa. They also wore necklaces, bracelets, anklets, and lei.
In Hula’ auana, the tantalizing feature is the costume, which the dancer is wearing. The mesmerizing colors of the costumes are usually associated with the environment of the place or the color of a typical flower. However it merely depends upon the guide known as halau who can also allow dressing up the attire of one’s own choice. The female dancers are normally wearing skirts or dresses of some sort. Men may wear long or short pants, skirts, or a malo (a cloth wrapped under and around the crotch).
There are multiple events and festivals that are organized every year in Hawaii in which Hula dance are performed by the locals. Furthermore there are also numerous competitions in different parts of the world in which, Hula dancers present their talent, which they’ve learned from academies and Halau teachers. Hula which is the beauty of the Hawaiian culture has been referred in many notable texts and literature and often is displayed in movies and theaters as well.