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Hula of Molokai

 

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Hula is a uniquely Hawaiian dance accompanied by chant or song that preserves and perpetuates the stories, traditions and culture of Hawaii. Legend says hula was born on Molokai. Laka performed this dance at Kaana near Maunaloa, then spread this art to the other islands (Kauai also has legends that speak of hula beginning on its shores).

Molokai is proud of its hula traditions and every May, you can join in on the celebration at the Molokai Ka Hula Piko Festival. Hula halau (schools) from all over the state gather to perform ancient hula rarely performed in public. Unlike other festivals like the Merrie Monarch on Hawaii's Big Island, this is not a competition. Instead this is a pure celebration of the beauty of this unique Hawaiian art form. Admission is free so come and watch the performances, shop for Molokai-made arts and crafts, and enjoy "ono grinds" (great food) at this unique Hawaiian event.

You can also watch authentic hula at the Ka Molokai Makahiki, a traditional festival held every January. "Makahiki" was a time after harvest when battles ceased while tributes were paid to chiefs. Villagers celebrated with sporting events, ceremonies and festivities. Today, the pageantry of Makahiki includes the hula as well as Hawaiian arts, crafts and games.