September 7th, 2004


Hula Terms 101

Hula Terms 101

You hear the Hawaiian language entertwined with the culture's dance. But do you know what they mean? Here are definitions for some of the terms:

Auana (pronounced "ow-ah-nuh") - modern version of the hula

Halau (pronounced "hah-lau") - Long house for canoes or hula instruction; hula school

Ho`i (pronounced "ho-eee") - exit (dancers can chant or have a song as they exit)

Ipuheke (pronounced "ee-pooh-heh-keh") - gourd instrument without a top

Kahiko (pronounced "kah-hee-ko") - traditional version of the hula

Ka`i (pronounced "kah-EEH") - entrance (dancers can chant or have a song as they enter)

Kala`au (pronounced "kah-lah-OW!") - stick dancing

Kane (pronounced "kah-neh") - man or "Na Kane" for "men"

Kumu Hula (pronounced "koo-moo hoo-lah") - hula teacher

Mele (pronounced "meh-leh") - song

Oli (pronounced "oh-leeee") - chant

Pahu (pronounced "pah-hoo") - drum

Pahu Puniu (pronounced "pah-hoo poo-nee--ooh") - thigh drum

`Uli`uli (pronounced "OOH-lee OOH-lee") - gourd instrument with filled with seeds and topped with colorful feathers

Wahine (pronounced "vah-hee-neh" OR "wah-hee-neh") - woman or "Na wahine" for "women"

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Name: Kira

Age: 15

Location: Pennsylvania

Interests, Please: Horseback riding, surfing, traveling, reading, music

Have you been to Hawai'i? (if applicable): I've been going to Hawai'i on a yearly basis since I was 3, and at this point have been there 14 times. We typically stay in Honolulu and then travel around O'ahu or to the other islands.

What do you like about Hawai'i? I love the laidback atmosphere about the islands, how kind and giving the people are, and how much culture is there.

What do you dislike about Hawai'i? Honestly, Honolulu, being such a large city, is not my favorite place to be. I get rather claustrophobic in the city, however the ability to just paddle out and surf all day, away from the sky scrapers, saves me every time.

I just wanted to say how glad I was to find this community. Hawaii is one of my favorite places to be, and one day I hope to live there. It is so difficult to keep up with the news from the Mainland, although listening to KINE over the computer helps. I truly miss it and this has given me a little pick-me-up while waiting for November.