Luau – Dancers
“Hula is the soul of Hawaii expressed in motion.” No one knows its exact origins but Hawaiians agree that the first hula was performed by a god or goddess which makes the dance a sacred ritual.
Every movement in hula has a specific meaning, and every expression of the dancer’s hands has great significance. The movements of a dancer’s body might represent certain plants, animals, and even war.
Chants accompany the movements and aid in telling the dancer’s story. The costumes of the dancers consist of lei for the head and shoulders, pau or skirt and kupea or anklets fashioned out of dog-teeth or whale bone.
Then the lights dimmed and the drum beat started……..suddenly the stage lit up with the fire dancers!
For those of you who know my husband, no that’s not him dancing — I know his trim physique looks just like that, but let me assure you, it’s NOT Mike….
BTW:I slowed the camera shutter speed for the next two shots:
Or do you prefer the high speed, stop-action photo?
So, in a nutshell, that’s a luau.
Now, don’t forget, I am hereby ORDERING you to attend a luau when you visit Hawaii!
“Throughout the world, feasting has been and is a universal form of celebrating happy and important events. However, the Polynesians, and especially Hawaiians, have evolved this great pleasure into a truly unique cultural experience…”