Hula is the dance of the Hawaiians islands. Though the dance has been made pop symbol of the islands – popularized through plastic dashboard dolls whose hips shake as you drive – the hula is deeply entrenched in Hawaiian tradition. It is through the dance that stories of love and romance, rooted in Hawaiian tradition, are told. Though Hollywood has minimized the dance to a few hip swayings, the hula is quite challenging. Don’t ask me to show you how it’s done. Have you ever seen a monk seal do the hula? Thankfully, neither have I. However, I do have some friends that are willing to teach you and your family the legendary Hawaiian dance…for free.
If you and your family are looking for a hula show and a hula lesson, all for the price of, well, nothing, look no further than a couple of shopping malls close by. Bring the family and enjoy a lively show, then volunteer when they ask who wants to learn. You’ll be surprised at how challenging learning the hula is! Plus, this is a great way to embarrass your kids, and who doesn’t want that?!
Coconut Marketplace offers a free hula show twice a week (Wednesdays at 5:00 pm / Saturdays at 1:00 pm). Comeback Friday night at 5:00 pm to enjoy Larry Rivera, a renown, award-winning, local artist, serenade the crowd.
- Location: 4-484 Kuhio Highway, Kapaa, Hawaii 96746
- Contact: (808) 822-3641
- Hours: Monday – Saturday 9:00 am – 9:00 pm / Sunday 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
- Hula show: Wednesdays at 5:00 pm and Saturdays at 1:00 pm
- Location:2360 Kiahuna Plantation Drive, Poipu, Kauai, Hawaii 96756
- Contact: (808) 742-2831
- Hours: Monday – Saturday 9:30 am – 9:00 pm / Sunday 10:00 am – 7:00 pm
- Hula show: Mondays and Thursdays at 4:30 pm