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The Roots of Hula on Kauaʻi

Hula has many roots, with various traditions offering different origins of the art – reflecting the beauty of the Hawaiian respect for multiple perspectives in a way that does not need to be mutually exclusive. Keahualaka Heiau, overlooking Kēʻē Beach, is dedicated to Laka – the goddess of hula. Keahualaka is a historically significant site where some hālau hula still perform ceremonies to pay tribute to Laka.

LeinaʻalaJardin

BUILDING A HULA LEGACY - The sun is about to break over the horizon at tranquil Lydgate Beach, just south of the iconic Wailua River on Kauaʻi’s east side. LeinaʻalaJardin has a long day ahead of her. Jardin is a kumu hula (hula teacher). She’s here with her hālau (hula school), Hālau Ka Lei Mokihana o Leina'ala, for a hiʻuwai, a traditional water blessing. Tonight, they’ll be performing in front of 1,000 people to celebrate her hālau’s 21st anniversary.
Where Can I See Hula on Kauaʻi?

You can see hula on Kauaʻi at festivals, events, competitions, live performances and lūʻau. There are a variety of lūʻau venues across Kauaʻi including the ʻAuliʻi Lūʻau at the Sheraton Kauaʻi Resort and Spa and the Grand Hyatt Kauaʻi Lūʻau at the Grand Hyatt Kauaʻi Resort, both on the South Shore. You’ll also find the Smith Family Garden Lūʻau in Kapaʻa and the Lūʻau Kalamakū in the historic Kilohana Plantation. While serious study of hula is undertaken in a hālau hula under the tutelage of a kumu hula, more casual lessons are offered at select hotels and resorts.

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