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Hawaii Symbols of the Arts

Hula! Hawaii’s official state dance is one of its most exciting symbols.

Dance hula 1999
Kahiko (Traditional) Musical Instrument pahu 2015
Auana (Modern) Musical Instrument ukulele 2016
Hula Dancing

A very complex art form, is more than a simple dance. Accompanied by instruments or chanters, hula dancers convey ideas with their hands, hips, and undulating gestures. Hula performances could be casual, spontaneous affairs, or they could be social affairs of more gravity.

Hawaii also has two official musical instruments. The ukulele is the official modern instrument, while the pahu is the official traditional instrument.

The pahu is also known as the hula drum. The Hawaiian people have a saying, “The hula is pleasing because of the drummer.

Musical Instruments
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