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September 28, 2013 Destination Hawaii No Comments Email Email

To celebrate Hawaii’s beloved cultural tradition of hula, – a website created byOutrigger Hotels and Resorts to showcase everything from island culture and food to ideas for romance and adventure in Hawaii – has released its newest short video, “The Story of Hula,” that features perspectives on the tradition of hula from two respected kumu hula (master teachers).



 Left photo: Kumu hula Blaine Kamalani Kia, Right photo: Kumu hula Leimomi Ho

Kumu hula Blaine Kamalani Kia and Leimomi Ho share their views on the significance of hula as a way of life and an expression of beauty and love that is uniquely Hawaiian.

Kumu hula Blaine Kamalani Kia describes hula as “recounting events and bringing them back alive through dance.” He continues by saying, “Everything in hula, all our chants, can tell us everything about morals, everything about ethics, everything about our daily life.”

Hula and chant embody kaona, deeper meaning, poetically expressed through words and dance. For the observer of hula, “If your mind and soul and heart are in it, you’re going to pick up everything they’re trying to express to you,” shares kumu hula Leimomi Ho.

“The Story of Hula” joins 19 other short videos available for viewing on the YouTube channelOutriggerHawaii.comoffers a meaningful dialogue with both visitors and local residents, deepening their relationship with Outrigger and Hawaii. also features the “View from Here” Hawaii travel blog penned by Kim Steutermann Rogers. More than 500 blog posts provide an intimate look at the special people and lesser-known paths traversing Hawaii’s built and natural landscapes.

To watch “The Story of Hula” or view’s extensive collection of videos, tune into its YouTube channel. Readers can also connect with Hawaii anywhere with Internet access by subscribing to and downloading a free photo e-book by logging on to

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