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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 Moloka‘i as Laka performed a 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). 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. Halau hula (hula schools) from all over the state gather to perform ancient hula rarely performed in public. Unlike other festivals like Merrie Monarch on Hawaii's Big Island (the island of Hawaii). This is not a competition — it 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 (delicious food).
You can also watch 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.
Learn more about the tradition of Hula on the Hawaiian Islands in the site's Culture section.Explore