The Art & History of Hula
A hula ‘auana tells a story from recent island history and culture, and this one describes the grace and enchantment of the Hula Lady. Traditional hand motions represent ocean waves, birds in flight and the beauty of the dancers’ figures and movements.
THE HISTORY OF HULA
In keeping with the heritage and authenticity of Tommy Bahama, we invite you to join us in learning about the ancient art of hula. Spanning the South Pacific, hula has a long and fascinating history.
In this video series, we'll show you some different forms of hula, from the traditional dances of Hawaii to the fierce warrior chants of New Zealand's Haka dance. From arm movements to the stamping of feet, every motion and sound tells a part of the story.
Watch this page for hula video updates in the near future. Aloha!
TE HIVA DANCE
A contemporary version of a traditional song, Te Hiva originates on the tiny island of Tokelau in French Polynesia, though the dance features many Tahitian-style movements.
Named for King David Kalakaua, this traditional hula is accompanied by Stefanie’s mother as she sings and plays an ipu heke, while the dancers use kala‘au sticks to create a resounding and powerful percussion.
HAKA CHANT & DANCE
As a means of intimidating opponents, New Zealand’s Maori warriors used these vigorous dances and chants to express their courage and fierceness. You’ll definitely feel inspired to practice your Haka face after watching.
FIRE KNIFE DANCE
This warrior’s dance saw its impetus in Samoan culture, and was named for the wrapped machete – with blade exposed – that was originally used. As the warrior twirls, throws and dances with his flaming weapon, his battle prowess is aptly demonstrated.