Photo courtesy of Hawaii Hula Company
Hawaii Hula Company
The heartbeat of the Hawaiian people, hula tells stories, backed by music or "oli" (chanting). Years of practice allow dancers to depict crashing waves or a breeze riffling the trees with simple, graceful gestures. This company offers private and group lessons in this local art form, as well as workshops in the Tahitian style. Instructors come to you—anywhere on Maui or O‘ahu—bringing flowers and costumes to share. After a discussion of hula's history, they review the basic steps and hand motions, then they teach choreography to a Hawaiian song. Students can add on a half-hour class on making lei.
By Amanda Castleman, AFAR Local Expert
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