Hula Dancers

As the first light of the morning sun shone on Alala Point of Oahu, the sounds of chanting merged with the rythm tapped out on the ipu heke by the ho'opa'a; the chanter and drummer. Two hula dancers moved gently in response to the melodic beat.

The old style, hula kahiko, tells stories of wind in the trees, sounds of the ocean and royal histories with every movement, step and facial expression. The hula is as much a language as it is a dance.

Native Hawaiians are often overlooked as Native Americans, but they are among the aboriginal peoples of the Western Hemisphere. They too have a rich culture and History that must be preserved in the face of our modern society.

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