Hula: Merrie Monarch’s Golden Celebration
Directed by Roland Yamamoto
“Hula is the language of the heart, therefore, the heartbeat of the Hawaiian people.” These are the words uttered by King David Kalākaua describing the importance of the traditional dance. Although everyone has either heard of or seen a hula performance, few outside of the Hawaiian islands understand the rich cultural history and elaborate storytelling behind the fluid motions. HULA: MERRIE MONARCH’S GOLDEN CELEBRATION provides a deeper look into the 50th anniversary of the namesake festival and its performers.
Past winners of the festival’s Miss Aloha Hula titles and the Hau’oli Hula Maidens discuss their experiences with hula. More than simply an exotic dance, hula is vastly more meaningful in its ability to create community and carry tradition.
- Derrick Leung
Guests In Attendance: Roland Yamamoto (Director)
USAIn a period of rapid change and fading traditions, there were a few that sought to pass down Hawaii's native language to the younger generations. One of them is Lorena, a native speaker from Ni'ihau, Aunty to her young students. She passes down not only their precious native tongue, but also the importance of familial affection and cultural heritage.