Costumes (vary based on occasion) Ipu Kala'au Pahu Pu'ili Punio
There are no established rules for hula, as it is traditionally not a competitive sport. There are, however, standard practices that one follows when performing, such as properly incorporating hand gestures and traditional implements. History of Hula Dancing
Hula Dancing is a form of dance originating from the Hawaiian Islands. It is characterized by complex hand, waist and leg movements, and is used to convey a message or tell a story. Hula is a traditional dance from Hawaii, which dates back hundreds of years. Dancers perform intricate hand gestures and foot movements to tell a story about the past. It was originally performed as a religious and cultural activity to honor royalty and the gods. Today it is mostly a form of entertainment for visitors to Hawaii.
There are various Hawaiian legends surrounding the origins of hula, all involving violent struggles between the traditional Hawaiian gods. It was widely practiced until the 1820's, when the newly-Christianized royalty had it banned. During the first Hawaiian Renaissance in the late 1800's, hula was revived and updated. A new form - hula ku'i - was created to incorporate all historic poetry, singing, dancing and costumes. By the early 20th century, hula had become a spectacle used to entertain tourists. Today hula is still practiced for both entertainment and cultural purposes.