Hawaiian Culture – Hula is the heartbeat of Hawaiian culture
Hula is the heartbeat of Hawaiian culture
Hula is the heartbeat of Hawaiian culture, created to honor one another and tell the story of the Islands in the form of song and dance. What was once a few dances done in a remote Pacific archipelago has since been embraced worldwide, ancient and contemporary styles practiced by halau hula (hula troupes) like Halau Akauna of the Big Island.
What makes hula a premier art form is also what makes the Hawaiian culture so unique—it’s a celebration of life’s natural, everyday beauty. And like the kumu hula, teachers of the halau, who guide the troupes through dance, so do organizations like the Volcano Art Center guide audiences through arts and education.
Hula dancing and the mele (songs) performed are just a few of the many ways that Hawaiian culture has always been about giving to one another. The art of giving, the spirit of aloha, is what connects classic Hawaiian Culture to the present-day Island Culture we know now, a unique culture of native values and Western influence, with somewhat of a turbulent history.
Mina Viritua of Halau Akaunu under the tutelage of Kumu Hula Manaiakalani Kalua