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By the eponymous director of the Māhea Uchiyama Center for International Dance in Berkeley, California, this illustrated book on Hula is a comprehensive resource for students of this art form. While Native Hawaiians may have a cultural affinity for Hula, dancers come from many different regions and ethnicities, and Hula is practiced by both men and women of all ages. A great resource for students of traditional Hawaiian dance, this beautiful handbook, filled with archival photographs covers the origins, language, etiquette, ceremonies, and the spiritual culture of Hula. Hula, the indigenous dance of Hawaii, preserves significant aspects of Native Hawaiian culture with strong ties to health and spirituality. Emphasizing the importance of cultural literacy, the handbook begins with an overview of the origins of Hula, its history in Hawaii, and the primacy of the spiritual focus of the dance. The book goes on to introduce halau etiquette and practices, and explains the format of a traditional Hula presentation, together with the genres of Hula and the regalia worn by the dancers. Practical components include sections on Hawaiian language and chant, and a glossary of Hula commands and footwork.
Māhealani Uchiyama is an award-winning dancer, musician, composer, choreographer, recording artist and teacher. An advocate for cultural understanding, she is the founder and artistic director of the Mahea Uchiyama Center for International Dance in Berkeley, California. Trained in the hula lineage of Joseph Kamohai Kahaulelio, she is also the Kumu Hula of Halau Ka Ua Tuahine of Berkeley, California. She has led numerous performance tours to Tahiti, New Zealand, and the islands of Hawaii, and has taught workshops throughout the United States, Mexico, and Canada.
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