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Male Hula dance performer. Source: Guntherize / Adobe Stock.

Hula's Male Warriors: Dance, Story, Strength (Video)


Dispelling the common misconception that hula is exclusively a feminine art form, Ke Kai O Kahiki, a renowned male hula school in Hawaii, remains steadfast in preserving the tradition of warrior storytelling through dance. In contrast to the misconception, historical records unveil that in ancient Hawaii, it was men who pioneered hula, with the most skillful dancers ascending to the ranks of warriors. Presently, Ke Kai O Kahiki upholds this legacy by meticulously training its dancers to recount tales of valor through their movements. These modern-day performers adhere to the rigorous training methods of their predecessors, utilizing the rugged landscape as their demanding training ground.

Akin to warriors preparing for battle, the dancers endure intense practice to mirror the grace and strength of the stories they convey. This homage to the past isn't just about dance; it's about rekindling the spirit of ancestral courage and heroism. In essence, Ke Kai O Kahiki's male hula artists not only challenge stereotypes but also encapsulate the rich history of Hawaii. By connecting with their heritage through the art of dance, they embody the true essence of warriors and perpetuate the stories that have shaped their culture for generations.

Top image: Male Hula dance performer. Source: Guntherize / Adobe Stock.

By Robbie Mitchell

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I’m a graduate of History and Literature from The University of Manchester in England and a total history geek. Since a young age, I’ve been obsessed with history. The weirder the better. I spend my days working as a freelance... Read More

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