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What is the Hula?

Published: Thu, 15 Jun 2017 11:32:04 +0000
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The Hula is a complex dance developed by the Polynesian who originally settled Hawaii. The dance is accompanied by a song ("mele") or chant ("oli") which tell stories and traditions embedded in the Hawaiian culture.

According to historians, the dance - named "Ha'a" - was originally performed for Pele, the goddess of volcanoes fire, wind and lightning, and the creator of the Hawaiian Islands.

Ancient Hula is played using traditional instruments, while the Western-influenced version features the ukulele, the guitar, and the double bass.



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