Glorinela & Annette
When did the Hula dance originate?
Hula dance is both recreational and ceremonial.
What special clothing or costume were used for this dance?
Traditionally, you will find both men and women wearing knee level skirts made of palm leaves as well as flower leights around their arms, lower legs and heads. However, prior to 1820, women wore skirts that were much shorter and men simply wore loin clothes. It was in 1820 that missionaries made them wear a less revealing wardrobe during their performance.
What music is the Hula dance done to?
Who would be found doing this dance?
The hula dance is a reflection of ideas and beliefs.
"The last king of Hawaii, David Kalakaua, whose reign lasted from 1874 to 1891, brought it out into the open encouraging not only its performance but adding moves, costumes, text and songs. Known as the Merry Monarch, King Kalakaua loved to travel amongst the people and enjoyed festivals. Hula was part of the festivals and celebrations and was often danced in his honor. Early in the 20th century, prayers, rituals and training were still a major part of the Hula dance."