Visions of Hula


Visions of Hula

Soft hands and gently swaying hips

Joyful hearts and smiling lips

Eyes that tell of mountain tops

Ocean swells and kalo crops.


The turn of a head

The flick of a wrist

A gesture to the heart

Tell of a lovers’ tryst.


Ancient oli

And modern mele

Pahu drums

And ukulele.


Pa’u skirts

And mu’umu’u

Fragrant leis

Made strong through haku.


Ipu heke

Keep the beat

Like the ancestors

Move the feet.


Ancient hula

Oli of old

History of a people

Must be told.


A culture lives

With love and honor

Though died the Queen

With betrayal upon her.


Dance for the past

And dance for tomorrow

Dance with aloha

And not with sorrow.


Visions from kūpuna

Come to guide

Hold fast to traditions

By them abide.


Noble Hawai’i

So wise and so strong

It’s you I love

Through hula and song.



© Living off Island, writingwahine, 2015

Photo from Merrie Monarch Festival published by Hawai’i-Tribune Herald