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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.
Where Can I See Hula on Oahu?
You can see hula across Oahu at live performances at hotels and resorts, and festivals and competitions like the King Kamehameha Hula Competition (June), the Prince Lot Hula Festival (July) and the Queen Liliuokalani Keiki Hula Festival (July).
The Kuhio Beach Hula Show by Hawaii’s finest halau hula is held every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday (weather permitting) from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm (6 pm to 7 pm Nov.–Jan.) at the Kuhio Beach Hula mound on Kalakaua Avenue.
A luau is another fun and festive place to watch hula and learn about Hawaiian culture. There are many excellent luau to choose from on Oahu, including the Alii Luau at the Polynesian Cultural Center on the North Shore, the Paradise Cove Luau at Ko Olina in Leeward Oahu and the Royal Hawaiian Luau (Ahaaina) at The Royal Hawaiian Hotel. You might also consider Germaine's Luau at Kalaeloa, Ka Moana Luau in Sea Life Park, Diamond Head Farm to Table Luau in the Waikiki Aquarium, Waikiki Starlight Hawaiian Luau, and Ka Waa Luau at Disney’s Aulani Resort.
While serious study of hula is undertaken in a halau hula under the tutelage of a kumu hula, more casual lessons are offered at select Oahu hotels and resorts, as well as places like the Royal Hawaiian Center.
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