The Beauty and Art of Hula, and the making of the Hawaiian Haku and Lei’s

Posted on October 26, 2015

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Lei's hand made to celebrate Hawaii's rich Culture of Hula and history of Hawaii, Joanna Magno and her Pa'u Riders hand picked and made their Haku Lei's in Waianae.

Lei’s hand made to celebrate Hawaii’s rich Culture of Hula and history of Hawaii, Joanna Magno and her Pa’u Riders hand picked and made their Haku Lei’s in Waianae.

The gathering of Flowers, Leaves and Ferns for adornment for the Hula Halau’s, Hula Dancers, Kumu, Chanters and Pa’u Riders is an ancient rich tradition in Hawaii. Decades of tradition, with months of planning by the Kumu (Teacher), Hula Dancers, Kupuna and Chanters to gather the flowers and plants in the forest, the teaching of the story along with planning, take a commitment of time and specific selection to make the Haku and Lei’s for the different events celebrated through out the year. Hand weaving the plants and flowers together is a tradition to celebrate Hawaii’s rich Culture of Hula, lei making and the Hawaiian Language. The Merrie Monarch Festival is an annual event held on the Big Island of Hawaii, the Festival is the highlight of the Year, and brings together across the Island and the Globe the tradition, history and Language of the Hawaiian People to share with the World.

The Kumu Hula (Teacher) passes down to the students traditional Hula Steps – “the Kaholo, the Ami, the ʻUehe, the Hela “, movements, the chanting and stories of the Hawaiian Language, People and History.

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