Definitions for hulaˈhu lə

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

hu•laˈhu lə(n.)(pl.)-las.

  1. a sinuous Hawaiian native dance with intricate arm movements that tell a story in pantomime, usu. danced to rhythmic drumming and accompanied by chanting. Also called hu′la-hu′la.

    Category: Music and Dance

Origin of hula:

1815–25; < Hawaiian

Princeton's WordNet

  1. hula, hula-hula, Hawaiian dancing(noun)

    a Polynesian rain dance performed by a woman

Wiktionary

  1. hula(Noun)

    A form of chant and dance, which was developed in the Hawaiian Islands by the Polynesians who originally settled there.

  2. Origin: From hula

Freebase

  1. Hula

    Hula is a dance form accompanied by chant or song. It was developed in the Hawaiian Islands by the Polynesians who originally settled there. The hula dramatizes or portrays the words of the oli or mele in a visual dance form. There are many sub-styles of hula, with the main two categories being Hula 'Auana and Hula Kahiko. Ancient hula, as performed before Western encounters with Hawaiʻi, is called kahiko. It is accompanied by chant and traditional instruments. Hula, as it evolved under Western influence in the 19th and 20th centuries, is called ʻauana. It is accompanied by song and Western-influenced musical instruments such as the guitar, the ʻukulele, and the double bass. Terminology for two main additional categories is beginning to enter the hula lexicon: "Monarchy" includes any hula which were composed and choreographed during the 19th century. During that time the influx of Western culture created significant changes in the formal Hawaiian arts, including hula. "Ai Kahiko", meaning "in the ancient style" are those hula written in the 20th and 21st centuries that follow the stylistic protocols of the ancient hula kahiko.


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