hula [ho͞o′lə]
a native Hawaiian dance marked by flowing, pantomimic gestures: also hula-hula

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hu·la (ho͞oʹlə) also hu·la-hu·la (ho͞o'lə-ho͞oʹlə) n.
A Polynesian dance characterized by undulating hips, miming movements of the arms and hands, and usually accompanied by rhythmic drumbeats and chants.

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Sinuous Polynesian dance that combines undulating movement of the hips and mimetic hand gestures, often performed to chants and instruments such as the ukulele.

Originally a religious dance performed to praise the chiefs, the hula now tells a story or describe a place and are danced exclusively by women. The typical costume is a raffia skirt and a lei worn around the neck.

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▪ Hawaiian dance
      sensuous, mimetic Hawaiian dance, performed sitting or standing, with undulating gestures to instruments and chant. Originally the hula was a religious dance performed by trained dancers before king or people to promote fecundity, to honour the gods, or to praise the chiefs. Wristlets and anklets of whale teeth or bone and necklaces and fillets of leis (interwoven flowers) were common ornaments. The women wore short skirts (pa'us) and the men tapa loincloths (malos).

      In 1820 New England missionaries compelled the native women to replace their hula skirts with long dresses (holokus). The resulting loss of sensuality in the dance was balanced in the music by expansion, under the influence of hymns, of the two- or three-note scale of the Hawaiian chant (mele). Further modification of the hula came when Portuguese sailors introduced the machada, the small guitar from which the ukelele developed.

      Contemporary hulas primarily tell a story or describe a place through sinuous movements of the limbs and hips. Costumes may be skirts of raffia, fresh-cut ti leaves, or bright cellophane; and instruments, besides the ukelele and steel guitar, include the calabash, seed-filled gourds, split bamboo sticks, stones used as castanets, and pahu drums.

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