by Michael Ogi
In ancient times when there was no written language
hulas and chants of Hawaii related history and told of customs. In
early times the hula was a sacred and religious ritual. These hulas
are called hula kahiko and are accompanied by chanting and drum beats.
Modern style hula called
hula ‘auana utilizes modern musical
instruments and songs. These hulas perhaps described a queen’s
charms or told of a king’s trip around the world. Since Hawaiians
have a great love and admiration for nature, they also describe and
pay tribute in their
hulas to various places, mountains, waterfalls, bays, the rays of the
sun, island flowers, foliage, and more.
Hula is more than just
hands and hips. It is the expression of the eyes and face, the grace
of the hands, the rhythmic swaying of the hips and the even movement
of the feet--all coordinated into one smooth
flowing picture of grace and charm to delight the eye of the audience.
dance the hula including children, grandmothers, men and boys.
There are many hula
steps and interpretative hand motions. In this workshop for beginners
of all ages you will dance barefoot and learn four basic hula movements:
kaholo, hela, ami, ami ku ku. Then we will
work on the hand motions to the song, “The Hukilau.” Since
this Hawaiian song is sung in English you will be better able to remember
and incorporate the hula movements with the accompanying hand motions.
So come and dance the
hula with me.
Michael Ogi is the director of Harsanari, a San
Francisco-based Indonesian dance company formed in 1997. He has performed
numerous Bay Area venues, including the San Francisco Asian Art Museum,
Indonesian Day festivals, and the San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival.
For more information on Harsanari, or classes, visit www.harsanari.com or
send an e-mail to Michael at firstname.lastname@example.org