Hula in the Coola Day – February 1, 2023

Hula in the Coola Day is celebrated on February 1. The holiday is a fun day where we pretend to have a sunny day and dance the Hula in the cold winter. It’s a reminder that no matter how harsh life gets, we should enjoy the good things. Hula in the Coola Day is a day we remember the rich and exciting Hawaiian dance and make ourselves happy, despite the cold weather around us.

History of Hula in the Coola Day

Hula in the Coola is a day we throw our cautions to the winter wind and dance the Hula dance. The holiday cannot be traced to anyone or a specific time but is attributed to the Hawaiian dance, Hula.

Hula is an ancient Hawaiian dance performed mainly by women in Hawaii. They are dressed in grass skirts with colorful blouses and lei adornments on their heads and wrists. The Hula dance is accompanied by a chant called ‘Oli’ and a song, ‘Mele’, which is expressed in body movements.

There are two types of the Hula dance: ‘Hula kahiko’ and ‘Hula ‘auana.’ ‘Hula kahiko’ is ancient Hula performed by island natives, with chants and local musical instruments. Meanwhile, the ‘Hula ‘auana’ derives its influence from the Western culture using modern instruments like the ukulele, guitar, and double bass.

Hula dance performed while standing is called the ‘Luna’ dance, while the one performed on the seat is called the ‘Noho’ dance. Some Hula dance types can be performed in both positions. The Hula dance was observed by the first European in Hawaii, James Cook, in 1778. He made notes about the dance and its peculiarities. Later on, missionaries arrived and made moves to ban the dance as it appeared immoral to them. The newly converted Queen Regent Ka’ahumanu banned the dance from being performed in public. In 1874, King David Kalakaua restored the dance to public performances and was praised for maintaining the cultural dance and preserving the history of Hawaii.

The Hula dance has since spread all over the world and is now taught in dance schools.

Hula in the Coola Day timeline

1830
No More Public Hula

Queen Regent Ka'ahumanu bans public Hula dances.

19th Century
The Second Hula

‘Hula 'auana’ evolves with Western influences.

1960
The Resurrection of Hula

Hawaiian culture is celebrated, resuscitating the Hula dance.

21st Century
Earth to Hula

Hula is danced and studied all over the world.

Hula in the Coola Day FAQs

Why was Hula banned in Hawaii?

Christian missionaries who visited Hawaii felt the dance was immoral. Thus, the newly converted queen regent Ka’ahumanu banned the dance.

What does the Hula dance represent?

The Hula dance represents the history and culture of Hawaii. The dance tells historical stories and genealogy.

How do I avoid catching a cold on Hula on the Coola Day?

Do not dance barefoot. Instead, ensure you wear boots to keep warm and a scarf around your neck. After having fun, round up the day with a warm bath or beverage.

Hula in the Coola Day Activities

  1. Learn the dance

    Have fun by learning how to dance the Hula. Practice it until you get it right. Do not forget to dress the part!

  2. Throw a mini ‘luau’

    The more, the merrier. Make it merrier by inviting friends to eat and dance the Hula outside.

  3. Host a Hula Contest

    Who dances the Hula better? Make Hula in the Coola Day a lot more fun by finding out. Then, host a contest and award the best Hula dancer.

5 Important Facts About Hawaii

  1. The storyteller

    The Hula dance was used to remember and tell stories of history before writing was introduced.

  2. The origin of surfing

    Surfing originated in Hawaii.

  3. The two-language state

    Hawaii is the only state in the U.S that has two official languages.

  4. The waving flag

    The Hawaiian flag integrates the designs of both the Union Jack and the Star-Spangled Banner.

  5. No to certain animals

    There are no hamsters, gerbils, and squirrels in Hawaii, and it is illegal to own them.

Why We Love Hula in the Coola Day

  1. We remember Hawaii

    Hawaii is a lovely place to be. If you have been there, you will know it reminds you of exciting experiences. And if you've not, you get inspired to make it your travel destination.

  2. We have fun

    The winter is a very dull period. Hula in the Coola Day makes us feel happy and relaxed as we have fun with friends and family.

  3. We learn more about culture

    The Hawaiian culture is a fascinating one. So, on Hula in the Coola Day, we also read up and learn more about the culture.

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