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Hula on Oahu
Hula is a uniquely Hawaiian dance accompanied by chant or song that preserves and perpetuates the stories, traditions and culture of Hawaii. You can see authentic hula throughout Oahu at live performances at hotels and resorts and seasonal festivals and competitions like the International Waikiki Hula Conference (May), the King Kamehameha Hula Competition (June), the Prince Lot Hula Festival (July) and the World Invitational Hula Festival (November).
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 Oahu, including the Alii Luau at the Polynesian Cultural Center on the North Shore, the Paradise Cove Luau in the Ko Olina area of Leeward Oahu, and the Royal Luau at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel, one of many luau events in Waikiki.
Hula is traditionally taught by a kumu hula (hula teacher) in a hula halau (hula school) but visitors can get free lessons at select Oahu hotels and resorts and places like the Royal Hawaiian Center. If you’re brave enough, some luau performances even let you take the stage to show off your new hula skills.