Hula Dancers Celebrate Hawaiian Statehood
Hawaii joined the Union as the 50th state on August 21st, 1959. It’s been 53 years since we’ve added a state? I know D.C. and Puerto Rico have made a push, but honestly I feel like we keep it at 50 because it’s a round number, and we don’t want to have to modify the flag again. To celebrate this important day in Hawaiian history, we’re going to do what we do for every pseudo holiday, share a sexy gallery with you. This time it features authentic (looking) Hula Dancers, but first let’s learn something via Wikipedia :
Hula is a dance form accompanied by chant (oli) or song (mele). 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 (a word that means “to wander” or “drift”). It is accompanied by song and Western-influenced musical instruments such as the guitar, the ʻukulele, and the double bass.
So join these lovely Hula dancers as they celebrate Hawaiin Statehood!