Hula (auana) is currently known as a dance performed in Hawai'i, where swaying hips and soft hand motions imitate nature and tell stories.
'Hula: The dance of the Hawaiians
Although there are many types of Polynesian dance, hula, is the dance form of Hawai'i.
Originally called Ha'a and performed solely by men as a part of worship, then banned in the early 19th century, is the dance of Hawaiian culture.
Hula is part of the Hawaiian culture and encompasses not only the dance but also weapon, implement, costume making and a code of ethics for the practitioners.
Before there was any written language, hula and its chants kept the Native Hawaiians connected to their gods, history, genealogy, mythology and culture.
Today, the culture lives on and is of course practiced by both men and women. Every movement of the dancers feet and entire body as well as expressions and hand gestures still tell stories of the land, life and culture.