Hula Kahiko, or ‘ancient hula’ is the oldest form of Hula in the Hawaiian Islands. It was danced long before the islands were discovered. Hula dominated the live of Hawaiian people and the dances were used to honour their gods. Extensive rituals were performed before Hula was carried out. These rituals had to be performed very precisely. Laka, goddess of Hula, was worshipped and her blessing was asked for. This remained this way until Hawai´i was discovered by the rest of the world. After the missionaries came to the Islands the singing of chants and the performing of Hula as a religious service was forbidden. That is why a lot of chants are lost. Hula Kahiko, as it is carried out nowadays, treats mainly of non- religious subjects. #hawaii #merriemonarch #hula #kahiko #polynesia  (Taken with instagram)

Hula Kahiko, or ‘ancient hula’ is the oldest form of Hula in the Hawaiian Islands. It was danced long before the islands were discovered. Hula dominated the live of Hawaiian people and the dances were used to honour their gods. Extensive rituals were performed before Hula was carried out. These rituals had to be performed very precisely. Laka, goddess of Hula, was worshipped and her blessing was asked for. This remained this way until Hawai´i was discovered by the rest of the world. After the missionaries came to the Islands the singing of chants and the performing of Hula as a religious service was forbidden. That is why a lot of chants are lost. Hula Kahiko, as it is carried out nowadays, treats mainly of non- religious subjects. #hawaii #merriemonarch #hula #kahiko #polynesia (Taken with instagram)

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