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The Story of the Hula

Taken from "Hula! New, Easy Self-Teaching Method" by Scotty Guletz (South Sea Scotty) 1956 Kenneth Grzesik
http://www.IkeAloha.com - June 10 2012

"What is the story of the hula as it is danced today? The hula is the Hawaiian folk dance. Hula is fun! Every movement and motion has a meaning of it's own, ... Everyone will tell you the hula is a dance of the hands! But, lovely brown maidens everywhere are swaying like leaves in the breeze with well rounded hips doing the "Ami" {the hip roll) and going "Around the island" (a variation of the "Ami" with a quarter turn of the body with each hip roll.} The hula is more than just hands. ...

Hawaiian legends say that a woman was the cause of it all! She was Laka, the younger sister of Pele, the volcano goddess. Pele made her home in the volcano Kilauea on the island of Hawaii (the big island). Pele was so enthralled with the Hawaiian hula that she commanded her little sister to perform the dance for her. So, young sister Laka arose, lifted her hands gracefully and danced. Schools grew up around Laka, the Goddess of the Dance. The hula became complicated and varied. The house of the dancers became a temple for Laka, with an altar that was always bedecked with wild sweet lush foliage. ...

Although related to dances of other Polynesian islands, the Hawaiian hula has passed through more stages of refinement, it's pantomines being accurate interpretations of words and ideas." -  Scotty Guletz (South Sea Scotty) 1956



 Surrounded by a Spectral Sea   The title "Kauluwela Moku" is derived from two Hawaiian words. Two of the meanings of Kauluwela are glowing and colorful. Moku means island. In combination they mean glowing colorful island. The series of images is an exploration of color.

 The Story of the Hula   Taken from "Hula! New, Easy Self-Teaching Method" by Scotty Guletz (South Sea Scotty) 1956

 How Hawaii Was Made Safe (Part 4)   The final segment in the legend of the goddess Hi'iaka and her companions.

 How Hawaii Was Made Safe (part 3)   Hi'iaka and her companions face Pana'ewa the great mo'o of the forest.

 How Hawaii Was Made Safe (part 2)   A continuation of the legend of Hi'iaka and her quest to rid the island of Hawaii from the evil beings that ruled the island.

 How Hawaii Was Made Safe (part one)   From "Pele and Hi'iaka" by Emerson "Legends of the Volcanoes" by Westervelt Collected or suggested by Mary Kawena Pukui Retold by Caroline Curtis in "Pikoi and Other Legends of the Island of Hawaii" published by Kamahameha Schools in 1949.




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