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Learn to Hula Dance

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Truly throw yourself into Hawaiian culture during your holiday and learn how to hula dance: a Hawaiian tradition that preserves the stories, culture and traditions of the islands.

Hawaiian legend claims that Hula began on the islands of Molokai and Kauai, and today the dance is now a worldwide icon. Hula dancing can be seen across the Hawaiian islands at festivals and shows, and many hotels and resorts put on live performances in the evening for guests to enjoy. There are many different types and style of the dance: Hula Auana (modern hula) is performed to western-style music with a modern and more fluid finish, while Hula Kahiko (ancient hula) is typically performed to dramatic chants with traditional costume. 

Competitions and festivals take place throughout the year, like the King Kamehameha Hula Competition (June), the Price Lot Hula Festival (July) and the World Invitational Hula Festival (November). The Kuhio Beach Hula Show by Hawaii's finest halaua hula (hula school) in Oahu is held every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday evening and is a free event to the public.

Fancy trying your hand at hula? There's no better place to learn it than the birthplace itself. Traditionally taught by a hula teacher, known as a kumu hula, free lessons are given out at places such as the Royal Hawaiian Centre and the Waikiki Beach Walk on Oahu. Learn some new skills and, if you're brave enough, take the stage to show off your new-found moves.