You'll be reminded that Hawaii is the land of Hula.
|Hula c lass in Kapiolani Park -Waikiki|
j.smith photo, (c) 2010
What I think is absolutely the best part of this wonderful performance art is its history. Before the 1820's when a written Hawaiian language system began, all stories, tales, and lore were passed from generation to generation orally,through mele (song), oli (chant) and hula (dance). Children learned from elders of gods and goddesses, family wisdom and history and were introduced to worlds both real and imagined. . .all without using a 'Google search'.
Even today listening closely to the words being sung as a hula dancer performs, you will hear stories of lost loves, places and a yearning to return to those magical spots.
|One of the free Beach Walk Hula Shows Waikiki|
j smith photo, (c) 2010