By Cara Fasone
Hula dancers in grass skirts, swaying their hips to a ukulele tune are what everyone envisions when they think of Hawaii, but hula is much more than a tourist attraction in the islands; it is poetry in motion.
From ancient times, hula was used to tell a story, not just through mele, but also through the hands. Hula is a form of poetry; performed at everything from weddings to funerals, it can invoke feelings from happy to sad.
Hula originated in Hawaii, but today is celebrated by halaus in the mainland and in Hawaiian diasporas world-wide.