The Hula Lesson

Fiona and Kanani were having a relaxing weekend, watching TV together, playing with the dogs and just having fun.  Kanani was also teaching Fiona how to play the ukulele that she got her for Christmas.  During their lesson, Kanani got an idea.  “Would you like to learn how to do the hula dance?”  “Oh wow,” replied Fiona, “that does sound like fun.  Sure!”  Then they thought it might be fun to invite Louisa over too, so Fiona grabbed her phone and gave her a call.

“Hello?”

“Hey Louisa, it’s Fiona!”

“Oh, hi!  How’s it going?”

“Great, would you like to come over and hang out with us?  We are just goofing off, Kanani has been teaching me how to play my ukulele.”

“Sure, I’d love to come over.  I’m bored at home.”

“Sounds awesome!  Bring your swimsuit too.”

“Huh?  It’s freezing out!”

“Just bring it, don’t ask questions.”

“Okay??  I’ll be over shortly.”

About 15 minutes passed until Louisa turned up at the front door.  “I’m here!  I still don’t understand why you told me to bring my swimsuit though.”

Fiona told her to go into her bedroom and put it on.  The girls already had theirs on.

When Louisa came out of the bedroom, Fiona handed her a bathtowel.  “Tie this around your waist like I have mine.  Kanani is going to give us a hula lesson!”

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“Oh fun!” replied Louisa.  “I’ve always wanted to learn how to hula!”

Kanani explained to the girls that the hand movements were all symbolic of different aspects of nature: rain, sun, mountain, ocean.  The foot and hip movements are combined with the hand movements to create a dance.  Many hula dances are considered to be a religious performance because they are honoring a Hawaiian god.

“Wow, this is all so interesting!  I’m so glad I came over!” replied Louisa.

Kanani then showed them a couple of movements and steps.

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Fiona and Louisa both agreed that it was a lot more work than they realized and had a whole new respect for Kanani and her abilities. “You know what we should do sometime? Invite some of the other girls over and have a Hawaiian themed party with Hawaiian foods and traditions. We could teach them to dance too!” exclaimed Fiona.

Kanani thought it sounded like a great idea, perhaps one day in the summer when the weather wasn’t so cold!

Have you ever done the hula or been to a demonstration of it? I vaguely remember learning some of the moves of the dance in gym glass when I was in grade school, back when Hawaiian culture was very popular thanks to the original “Hawaii 5-0” tv series as well as singer Don Ho.