Hula kahiko are the traditional dances of Hawaiʻi. Strict with rules and etiquette, these dances are performed honoring composer, choreographer, and kumu hula. Maintained as they were first taught, many dances are centuries old. Rigorous training and discipline are required before the dancer may perform outside of the hula school.
Western contact in the Hawaiian Islands brought new musical instruments and an easy going attitude to the native dances. Fewer rules govern the dances performed to ʻukulele and guitars. Lively and colorful, these ʻauana dances celebrate story and culture with a modern approach.