Experience the ritual and beauty of the Hawaiian tradition of hula dancing in this immersive short film by Bradley Tangonan.
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On the Hawaiian island of Kauai, hula teacher Leina’ala Jardin guides her hālau (class) in a sunrise chant before the anniversary performance. This Kumu Hula (master teacher) holds the important responsibility of passing on the tradition of the ancient art form to her students. In this immersive short film by Bradley Tangonan, experience the ritual and beauty of the hula as Leina’ala Jardin reflects on the invaluable role the dance has played in continuing their cultural heritage. “The Hawaiian people did not have a written language, and it was the hula that kept all the stories alive.”
Produced by MVNP in partnership with Hawaii Tourism USA.
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Hula Is More Than a Dance—It’s the ‘Heartbeat’ of the Hawaiian People | Short Film Showcase