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How to Hula Dance

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Watch more How to Dance videos: http://www.howcast.com/videos/217848-How-to-Hula-Dance Get a little hula in your life by learning how to do these basic moves. Step 1: Stand facing your mirror with your feet about four inches apart. Bend your knees and put your hands on your hips. Tip Dance on a comfortable surface; the hula is always done barefoot. Step 2: Use this four-beat pattern for your feet. First, step eight inches to the right with your right foot. Second, bring your left foot toward your right without sliding it. Third, step with your right foot again, and fourth, bring your left foot toward your right, tapping the ground on the fourth beat. Switch directions, leading with the left foot. Step 3: Now bring your hips into the four-beat mix. As you step to the right, lower your foot toe-heel and lift your hip; repeat with your left foot and hip. Sway right, then left, right again, and then left again. Repeat to the left side. Tip Keep your knees bent – it helps your hips sway! Step 4: Bend your left arm so your hand is in front of the left side of your chest, palm facing down, fingers together and gently extended. Extend your right arm away from your body at shoulder level and keep your elbow slightly bent, your palm down, and your fingers together. Step 5: Without letting your left arm touch your chest, bend your elbows and wrists so they are swaying in a wave motion. On the first step to the left, switch so the left arm is extended and the right arm is in front of your right breast. Repeat. Tip As you move, keep your body relaxed but your shoulders still. Step 6: Look out at your extended hand while you're dancing. If mele, or traditional song, accompanies your dance, use your face and eyes to tell the story of the song. And don’t forget to smile! Hula dancing is for celebrations. Did You Know? 19th-century Christian missionaries urged Hawaiian women to replace the hula skirt with a high-necked, long-sleeved gown called a holoku.
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Melani Cazandra Miller (13 days ago)
I’m a Latina but I truly love how Hawaiian girls moves and dance I want to be Hawaiian so bad LOL
Fidget Spinner Tricks (18 days ago)
Can you send me a link to the music that you used in your video
yumeko (28 days ago)
why am i watching this on the toliet.
Allen kahaku (29 days ago)
Evelyn Inoue (1 month ago)
I gotta do a hula dance at my camping trip and let me say I think I can hula now.
Netela Gaming (1 month ago)
The first step is called kaholo which is the basic dance of hula
NUKU PAUL samafield (2 months ago)
That's only the hawaiian way and asian but the islanders like tongans samoans fiiji and cook islands woooooo there on fire
Moana Leonora (2 months ago)
Could you do a Video about Polynesien dance please 😁
mysticakau (2 months ago)
you guys are the best
Zoey Rae James (7 months ago)
It reminds me some of Belly Dancing, which I know how to do. Especially by using your hips, legs, and feet the most! As one possibly moving to Hawaii soon, hopefully I can learn these dances! 😄👍
Adam St.Martin (7 months ago)
October 21, 2017--- Great performance.. great education...I do NOT care what other people says..but I really enjoyed watching and liked it.. Probably doesn't matter what form it is...as long you do it and enjoying doing it...Great job ladies....
Kelsey and tom holland (9 months ago)
I'm Hawaiian why am I here
journey knees (10 months ago)
i definitely knows hows to do this...8 years ago...when i got my 3 laptop.....ya do not have to be a sports person, nor a certain size
Leemj (11 months ago)
Mmm....hula hula.....
Stellar148 (1 year ago)
Is there part 2? It would be nice if you can mention the artists and the studio in credits.
Hans Sjoberg (1 year ago)
Waikiki Beach was not friendly last night.
jim, i swear to god (1 year ago)
I need help. How to stay concentrated when doing full hip circles. I always stop my.hula to move my foot its extremely annoying and hard. Help please
Charlotte Fairchild (1 year ago)
I was thinking this would help the pain in my back and sciatica from when an ambulance hit my car in 2012. I learned a little in Guam and in Florida. People had lived in Hawaii from the Navy families I knew.
SHOPKINSRULE101 (1 year ago)
Robyn K (2 months ago)
SHOPKINSRULE101 yeah right
BlueBerryKing (1 year ago)
Missionary christians had no sense of cultural perservation whatsoever
Autumn Austin (1 year ago)
Am I being culturally insensitive if I learn how to hula dance?
Helpahoe (9 months ago)
Palani8585 (1 year ago)
This is Beamer style
peachy_ dreams (1 year ago)
now I can tell how difficult it is to hula and my friends won't tease me and make them move there hips MHAHAHAHA!!!“ψ(`∇´)ψ
Caya Bennett (1 year ago)
Gianna Campania Their*
grndctrl (1 year ago)
i need to know the name of the song in the back 😩😍
+Caya Bennett in the hula is dancing for pā'u NOT pareu
Caya Bennett (1 year ago)
Edna Michelle Castro Beltran Is that a question?
Elie Dei (1 year ago)
I'm basically an islander and my name is Pearl. So yeah, grew up getting taunted with that "Pearly Shell" song 😂
Ayesha Salazar-Ansari (1 year ago)
Elie Dei Yah, my hula school is currently dancing to a song most people call pearly shells, when it's really called "Pupu a'o ewa"
Giant Dad (1 year ago)
That one girl with the unshaved armpits tho... Oh wait, thats a guy!
Bunny_yx (8 months ago)
Giant Dad i came to know he's a guy before i saw the armpits 😀
cupcakelover111100 (9 months ago)
Plum Sauce Potato it's literally just hair. Not that serious
Caya Bennett (1 year ago)
Plum Media Tf
LPS Precious (1 year ago)
hair under armpits ewww
Bunny_yx (8 months ago)
LPS Precious it was a guy btw.
Hopeful Bunny (1 year ago)
LPS Precious Called puberty sweetheart, you aren't immune to it.
Mushtaq Ahmad (1 year ago)
Masha'Allah very nice danch
C. Panter (1 year ago)
You are NOT supposed to stand with your feet that far apart! Only a couple of inches at the heel.
Leilani Samuela (1 year ago)
if you're an islander, it comes naturally...
Sylvia Kay (1 year ago)
Leilani Samuela I'm quater tongan
Caya Bennett (1 year ago)
Leilani Samuela HAHAHA
MondlerForever123 (1 year ago)
Easier than Tahitian (I'm a Polynesian dancer although I'm American)
Fandom Thingy (3 months ago)
MondlerForever123 that's really cool honestly
Taamz Heart (1 year ago)
is this Hawaiian or Tahitian? I dont know why these are called hula....
Kanakalala🌺 (1 year ago)
its not even full hula
MondlerForever123 (1 year ago)
This is Hula, not Hawaiian.
Joni Brooks (1 year ago)
Hula dance
Sina B. (1 year ago)
SofeeBofee (2 years ago)
I was wondering.... I'm white and I have shortish hair, is it socially acceptable for me to learn to hula? I was so exited to start learning but then I saw all these comments and now I feel a bit discouraged....
Maddison Johnson (2 days ago)
SofeeBofee dance like no one's watching
Jasmine Nystrom (2 months ago)
People of all cultures do dances. Tango, salsa, belly dance, all sorts and they’re not from those countries. It is ok and accepted
Tabitha Monaco (8 months ago)
Don't worry about what they say. They probably would of said the same thing if you were Polynesian and wanted to embrace a more European culture. If you love the culture of Hawaii then go for it.
Maddison Johnson (9 months ago)
You can dance if you want to. I learn belly dance and I'm a white American.
Lil' Honey (2 years ago)
This is not the real hula
Fandom Thingy (3 months ago)
Lil' Honey there is traditional and then modern this was more modern and basic but traditional is a little different and has usually a full story to go with the dancing you tell the story through the dancing and sometimes chants
ecstatic vaccine (1 year ago)
It's not you are right
Lil' Honey (2 years ago)
+Avata Star Sue VGCP NODD NDCP well not always. It's to basic
Sonya Lee Chan (2 years ago)
Yes it is.
simply Mariah (2 years ago)
i love polynesians
lwc888 (2 years ago)
woah pit carpet!
anna woodland (2 years ago)
beautiful dance and beautiful women!
Someone should add this video to some kind of "housewife" tutorial playlist along with cooking, cleaning tutorials etc.
Akil Hegde (2 years ago)
Christian missionary does all foul things... like said in this video 👍 Hola hula
Tjimeno Doruff (2 years ago)
The best dance ever...love it!!!!
MentalMaladies (2 years ago)
+Jr Siutaisa Toutaiolepo They're dancing in the video so they can show you, so there _is_ dancing, but even if the dancing wasn't shown and they were just discussing it, the original commenter's statement would still make sense.
Sorry.. But its not a Dance its shows you how to hula/dance.. Not to say your comments is bad
Sufiya VanGieson (2 years ago)
No hate but you are not supposed to tap unless you are a very beginner because it is only for keeping time. Also not all hula is for celebration. I am a hula dancer so please don't say I don't know what I am talking about. Thank you!😘
PastelLane (6 months ago)
FiFiRaw Mermaid I have a deep respect for hula too, and I’m also black and I feel the same way. Hula is just so beautiful and I’m really trying to learn from different videos (not this one though) but it’s difficult because some videos don’t seem right and I don’t have a mirror lol
FiFiRaw Mermaid (6 months ago)
Lesley Townsend & Sufiya VanGieson - Hi I have a deep respect for hula but there are no halaus where I am on the east coast :( I watch Merrie Monarch videos and listen/watch hula kahiko because I enjoy it. Is it truly acceptable for a non-Hawaiian to learn hula? I am black and REALLY feel like i wouldn't belong. Honest advice please :)
Hokulani Somar (1 year ago)
u guys are awesome! way to show the aloha spirit! <3
Sufiya VanGieson (1 year ago)
Sophia Snyder naw man u will most of my hula sisters are white. i saw go for it when u find the right halau they won't judge u based on color
Tistar Ceasar (3 years ago)
U guys are good
Symone Noel (3 years ago)
at first i thought that guy was a girl that didn't shave lmao
Symone Noel (3 years ago)
+Miranda Tate you don't sound like a jerk at all :) he was in the middle i think at the end when they were showing the dance all together
N .R (3 years ago)
Trajko Azderski (3 years ago)
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Lauren Upadhyaya (3 years ago)
What is the song in the background?
nanakulian11 (1 year ago)
One night stand- Kekai Boyz
Herp Derp (3 years ago)
If nobody is gonna say it, I will. The lead girl is a hottie.
Tifa (3 years ago)
One was a man. Armpit hair and all.
The Epiphany (3 years ago)
Kilikili 'oe aihue
Miss Aloha (3 years ago)
The Epiphany (3 years ago)
Manapua aihue native Hawaiians aina.
The Epiphany (3 years ago)
pilikia manapua makou Mahalo nui loa kokua Hawaii. manapua la`aumake Hawaii.
The Epiphany (3 years ago)
Aloha everyone hau`oli hula, hele mai maie ho mokulele
Miss Aloha (3 years ago)
kahea Hawaii aloha
Miss Aloha (3 years ago)
Kulikuli kepani. Kolo of Hawaii.
Miss Aloha (3 years ago)
kahiko Hawaii, kulikuli....
Miss Aloha (3 years ago)
kulikuli, koe o kepani a kolo to Fob Hawaiians.
Miss Aloha (3 years ago)
Opola Kepani ko ka wahine ho. Laua lawe make no Hawaii, Mau Loa. Fob trouble kepani. pa`akiki...... For Hawaii fob.
Miss Aloha (3 years ago)
Koe o kapani are nalu. Koe manapua lalu kolo to native Hawaiian. Lalu nalu.
Miss Aloha (3 years ago)
Hawaii maluhiluhi akahele Kepani. Koe o Kepani ho, koe Kepani kapu. Koe kapani hilahila. Aotearoa kokua, koe manapua koe ho koe maluhiluhi koe ho. Hawaiian po`e poina hawaii. Koe o kepani pupule, koe o kapani pohihihi of Hawaii.
Miss Aloha (3 years ago)
Aloha everyone.
Bunny_yx (8 months ago)
I am commenting 3 yrs apart... Miss Aloha hey dear just wondering what's meant by "aloha" heard many times. Is it a "hi"?
Miss Aloha (3 years ago)
Hawaii maluhiluhi akahele Kepani. Koe o Kepani ho, koe Kepani kapu. Koe kapani hilahila. Aotearoa kokua, koe manapua koe ho koe maluhiluhi koe ho. Hawaiian po`e poina hawaii. Koe o kepani pupule, koe o kapani pohihihi of Hawaii.
christiki295 (3 years ago)
Good video, if a touch basic.  Excellent visual and cinematography.
Amira Strawter (3 years ago)
A sense of rhythm 😂😂😂 That cancels out half the world
blehh853 (5 months ago)
Amira Strawter well yeah like all asians and European 🤷🏻‍♀️
Angelica Echiverri (3 years ago)
Does anyone know the ukulele song that was playing on the background?
Camilla Camilia (3 years ago)
If u know how to bellydance you can dance any other dance easily
bobsawyer (3 years ago)
God damnit I lost my grace and sensuality at my friends house
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Taylor Morales (8 months ago)
Bayleebond Lol 😂
kukka backman (9 months ago)
bum kah
karen wigfall (10 months ago)
Bayleebond 😂
paul wilson (1 year ago)
hula hohokaa
Bubz Lono (4 years ago)
at least put Hawaiian dancers to
bella ! (4 years ago)
Can you recamend a fast beat song for fast hula dancer?
Emma (4 years ago)
I'd love to know how to dance the hula, properly, and to tell a story through it... ^^
Hailey Parmer (4 years ago)
They going to slow
Hailey Parmer (4 years ago)
I know how to hula
yenni867 (4 years ago)
Limo brought me here
Dave (4 years ago)
Delightful, I am trying to remember the nuances of Hawaii dance in order to teach my grandchildren (I must say as a youngster I wouldn't have thanked anyone for such direction...)
Joey Senaratne (4 years ago)
whats the song used in the video called?
nanakulian11 (1 year ago)
One night stand- Kekai boys
Bria Bunni (4 years ago)
With a w*
Bria Bunni (4 years ago)
Lol I remember how when I moved from Hawaii to Florida, I would always get my papers taken points off because I spelt Hawaii like Hawai'i. And I'd say it how it's supposed to be said. Not with a a but a v and I would get corrected and criticized. Well. I'm from Hawai'i so. I would like to think I know more than them.
Ally Bustos (4 years ago)
At school when they do like those cultural dances for like diversity week, when ever they do hula they don't keep their fingers together. I know they don't know that, but it drives me crazy.
POLYboi (4 years ago)
Hula in Hawaiian is "dance" so that means the title says "how to dance dance"
Holli Kaina (4 years ago)
I agree, but i would consider Filipinos as pacific islanders.
Holli Kaina (4 years ago)
this is just really basic moves to the dance. the feel movement in this video is called kaholo (kah-hoh-loh) and it is accompanied by very simple are movement. This is some very key learning tools in the hula. You should take a look for some hula halau's that may be in your area to check them out! :)"
wildheart 02 (4 years ago)
I'm not Hawaiian but I love Hawaii and hula. But yes I agree with you. A lot of people learn hula just to be sexy and it's not right because they are taking an ancient dance and turning it into something just to get my boys to like them. And if you don't mind me asking, what kind of hula is this?
wildheart 02 (4 years ago)
what kind if hula is this?
ladehhtee (4 years ago)
Oh of course I do. It's just that as Polynesians, we tend to overlook people that are just intrigued by our culture and automatically take it as disrespect. When people mock us or do hula just to be "sexy" (which you see a lot now), or when they make up stupid words like "Halulakalikilou", THAT to me is disrespect. And gets me upset.
K!kachu (4 years ago)
But don't you et mad when people disrespect the culture?
Gille87 (4 years ago)
Pilipinos are not Polynesians, but we are related through our Austronesian heritage (DNA, language, history, culture, food etc)! Micronesians and Melanesians aren't Polynesians...people need to eduacte them selves before talking about Pilipinos as just ''Asians''...Asia for one thing isn't just kpop, hellokitty, and people w ''wonky looking eyes'' but so much more! Diversity! Besides the whole huma race came out of Africa, the rest of the world apart from Europe was populated by ''ASIA!''
robotsayingrawr (4 years ago)
You will need... a sense of rhythm. What
Alyssa Porter (4 years ago)
about to go to Hawaii... very helpful!
LeMoyaChan (4 years ago)
No, not really. Although, it's preferred that you do. I've been dancing hula for 7yrs now and I've always had shorter hair. It drives my teacher nuts haha!
ladehhtee (4 years ago)
I'm proud to be half-Hawaiian and I don't think there's any problem with other cultures wanting to learn about Hawaiian culture. As long as they keep it respectful, not none of that cheesy tiki/elvis presley themed stuff. There is nothing wrong with this video. It's instructional, and tells a lot about how hula is about telling a story and there's meaning behind every. single. thing. No offense to my fellow Polynesians, but we seriously need to calm down about it.
u2teech (4 years ago)
i'm glad Christianity has grown more tolerant since. otherwise i'd never get to see these beautiful things.
LEGENDARY G.N.D (4 years ago)
@shayla oh btw in your comment....you spelt half that shit wrong...its "hela" ami, "uwehe"....dumbass...if you were really from hawaii you would know
LEGENDARY G.N.D (4 years ago)
Oh my god that's the one thing yhat keeps driving me crazy about this video...in hula class you were taught to make sure your fingers had one motion they keep putting their pinkies out...its not graceful x0
Mad Miah (4 years ago)
this girl argued with me i was like you spelled it wrong its Hawai'i she was like nooooooooo it Hawaii im like you!!!!okay!!!!
Anu (4 years ago)
you do know thats just the basics right
Logan Servatius (4 years ago)
Thanks so much! I love dancing and i put my favorite song on and dance my heart out! Thanks so much!
Madi Barlow (4 years ago)
Hawaiian and Hawaii is actually spelled Hawai'i despite what most Americans think.
Sam (4 years ago)
yall they are hawian i think not aisians
Tobias Gemini (4 years ago)
Apart that your whole "asian" argument is complete bullshit, they even do pronounce "mele" right. You'd know if you would know the Hawaiian language. Please, let this be a very good troll...
Shayla Ballesteros (4 years ago)
& to the person who said this hula is"insanely basic"...it's because those movements are called basics like kaholo, hele, 'ami, uhehe, etc. hula isn't easy at all. & most performances at a "luau" is Tahitian.
Shayla Ballesteros (4 years ago)
This is the first video about teaching hula that I didnt find as offensive....
Phlox Mountain (5 years ago)
Does it matter if a dancer must have long hair?

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