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Hula. Just the word itself conjures up images of Hawaii, enchanting women, and fluid movements. For centuries, this beautiful dance form has spread the message of love, beauty and the spirit of aloha.

Unlike any other dance, hula is more than just your body in motion. It serves as the messenger of Hawaiian history, traditions, and culture.

Watch the hands closely as each gesture has meaning and delivers a story. From chants that plead to Pele (the volcano goddess) to melodic songs that honor Queen Lili`uokalani (the last queen of Hawaii), hand movements symbolize everything from the flowers, sun, and moon, to love, beauty and more.

Students of hula learn from their teacher known as a kumu hula in what is known as a halau (school). They dedicate their time to learning 2 types of the dance: 1) Hula Kahiko  - an ancient practice that originated long before Westerners came to the Hawaiian Islands and 2) Hula `Auana - the more modern dance that evolved after foreigners visited the Islands.

When you’re staying on Kauai’s north shore, be it at the Hanalei Colony Resort or elsewhere, you can experience the hula when you attend the luau at the neighboring Mediterranean Gourmet (every Tuesday) or travel to the east shore for the festivities at the Smith Family Garden in Kapaa. If you’d like to make a reservation, ask our Concierge for assistance.