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Hula on Kauai
Hula is a uniquely Hawaiian dance, accompanied by chant or song, that preserves and perpetuates the stories, traditions and culture of Hawaii. Kauai legends say hula began on these shores. At the Ka Ulu o Laka heiau (temple) on the Napali Coast, a legendary Hawaiian love story unfolded. It was here that Lohiau, a handsome, mortal Kauai chief, danced before Pele, the volcano goddess, and they both fell passionately in love. Today, hula dancers still come to test their skills at this sacred spot.
You can see Kauai’s strong hula traditions at seasonal festivals, events, competitions and live performances at hotels and resorts. A luau is another fun and festive place to watch the hula and learn about Hawaiian and Polynesian culture. Fantastic luau venues can be found throughout Kauai including the Grand Hyatt Kauai Luau at the Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa on the South Shore. You’ll also find the Smith Family Garden Luau in Kapaa and the Luau Kalamaku in the historic Kilohana Plantation.
Hula is traditionally taught by a kumu hula (hula teacher) in a hula halau (hula school) but visitors can get free lessons at select Kauai shopping villages, hotels and resorts. If you’re brave enough, some luau performances even let you take the stage to show off your new hula skills.