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Basic Hula Moves

Hula dancing is a beautiful and graceful form of dance. It combines foot movement along with meaningful hand movements that tell a story. In ancient Hawaiian times there was no written books of daily life and special events however the Hawaiians have created hula dances and chants as ways to document events going as far back as to their first inhabiting the Hawaiian Islands 0-500ad. There are several different styles of hula (like Hawaiian, Tahitian, Fijian) below are basic Hawaiian hula moves:

Basic Hula Steps
'Ami: Right - rotate hips counterclockwise, one rotation for each count. Left - rotate hips clockwise. Bent knees make the 'ami easier.
For video instruction of 'Ami click here!

Hela: Point right foot forward, bring back, then point left foot forward, then bring back.
Huli: Rotate around while swaying the hips
Kaholo: A kaholo is more of a sliding step, rather than lifting the foot as you move. It is used to step side to side, front to back, and diagonally.
Ka'o: Sway hips by shifting weight to the right side and lift left heel. Then shift weight to the left side and lift right heel.
Lele: Step right, then left, either forward or back.
Love Hand Movement: Hands cross at chest to show embracing love
Ocean Hand Movement: hands gently beat up and down showing the rhythm of the waves.
Rainbow Hand Movement: palms of the hands meet at the left... right hand lifts and shapes an arching rainbow
Rising Sun Hand Movement: start at the knees, both hands part and rise above the head to shape the sun
Singing or Story Telling Hand Movement: hand gracefully gesturing at mouth for song
Swaying Palms Hand Movement: left arm becomes the land, right arm and fingers sway showing a waving palm.
Swirling Winds Hand Movement: left hand forward while right hand circles twice over head
Tide roll Hand Movement: hands continually roll over each other to show the rolling sea

You Tube is a great resource for instructional videos. Below are a few links:
How to Hula Dance
Learn to Hula Dance
How to Hula
Hula Dance Steps - Ami and Uwehe

Photo from a birthday luau in Austria where the girls had fun dancing a few hula moves they learned from this web page.

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Easily create a
HAWAII THEME WEDDING
anywhere!

Tips and Suggestions Easily create a Hawaii Theme Wedding Anywhere!
Reception Decorating Suggestions Photographs of decorating suggestions to easily create Hawaii theme centerpieces, guest book tables, and wedding cakes.
Hawaii Wedding Planner Resource to assist in planning a Hawaii Theme Wedding.
Vow Suggestions   Hawaii Theme wedding vow suggestions.
Lei Exchange Ceremony Suggestions for adding a lei exchange ceremony to the wedding.
Candle Unity Ceremony Suggestions for adding a Hawaii theme candle unity ceremony.
Sand Unity Ceremony Suggestions for adding a Hawaii theme sand unity ceremony.
The Lords Prayer The Lords Prayer in Hawaiian.
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IT'S EASY TO HOST A HAWAII THEME
LUAU CELEBRATION ANYWHERE!

Host a Luau Tips and suggestions to easily host a Hawaiian Luau anywhere!
Hawaii Theme Christmas Party Ideas Games, recipes, and fun ideas for a Hawaii theme Christmas party.
Add some Aloha to your Thanksgiving gathering!Hawaii Theme Thanksgiving Dinner Full menu with recipes for creating a Hawaii theme Thanksgiving dinner.
Popular Luau Recipes Recipes to create the most popular luau appetizers, main dishes, sides, and beverages.
Imu Pit How to create and cook using a traditional underground Imu pit.
First Names Translations Resource of first name phonetic translations into Hawaiian.
Words & Phases Popular words and phrase translated into Hawaiian.
Game Ideas Fun Hawaii theme game ideas.
Entertainment Directory of Hawaiian/Polynesian entertainers, hula dancers and caterers around the world.
Hawaiian Radio Listen to Hawaiian radio stations online.
Island Gift Shop Our own online Island Gift Shop with authentic treats and treasures from Hawaii for your celebration!

 


ADDITIONAL HAWAII RELATED RESOURCES

Hawaii FAQ Answers to frequently asked questions about Hawaii.
Sharks Information on sharks found around the Hawaiian Islands.
Hawaii Research Resources for students and anyone else doing research about Hawaii.
Move to Hawaii Resources for anyone considering moving to Hawaii.
Hawaii Travel Tips Tips for anyone planning a visit to the Hawaiian Islands.
Hula Moves Learn how to dance the hula.
Grow Pineapple Pineapple growing tips and fun facts.
Make a Flower Lei Instructions on how to make a flower lei.
Play a Ukulele Learn how to play a ukulele.
Virtual Hawaii Hawaii photo gallery with photos taken around the Hawaiian Islands.
About Us More about who A Friend in the Islands is.
Island Gift Shop Our own online Island Gift Shop with authentic treats and treasures from Hawaii you can enjoy or share anytime, anywhere in the USA!

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