Complete easy-to-follow choreographies, lyrics, English translations, and background information for 14 well-known ancient Hawaiian chants, plus an appendix of hula gestures, dance steps, and terminology: E Ho Mai, Ho'opuka E Ka La Ma Ka Hikina, Aia La O Pele I Hawaii, Kawika, Lili'u E, Ula No Weo, Nohili, Kalakaua, Ano'ai Ku'u Wehi, Ke Lei Mai La, E Ho'i Ke Aloha I Ni'ihau, Halehale Ke Aloha and He Mele No Ka Ua Tuahine.
In words and lots of glorious color photos; here is the story of the hula from ancient times to the present: its origins and meaning, pre- and post-contact hula, the Pele legends, the evolution of the dance, King Kalakaua, accompanying implements, hula kitsch, hula art, and much more. Highly recommended.
With vivid, whimsical illustrations and lyrical writing, Carla Golembe shares the history, meaning, and spirit of hula. The words and pictures pair together in much the same way that the chants and movements of hula complement each other, and the accompanying read-along CD further immerses readers and listeners in the joy of the dance.
Complete background and instructions for long and short poi balls (single and double), stick games, action songs and dances, haka (men's posture dances), and the welcome ceremony. Also several choreographies, costuming, and games. Many illustrations of each movement, plus color photos of authentically costumed dancers.