Telling Warrior Stories with Hula

Telling Warrior Stories with Hula


(drums tapping) – I think a lot of people look
at hula as just women dancing but, um, we love it, man. (drum tapping) Hula is a story. To tell the story the way
the ancient Hawaiians did, you really need to put
yourself in that dance. You need to live like them. You need to chant like them. (chanting in Hawaiian) You need to train like them. Basically you need to become them. (drums tapping) (singer chanting) Halau is a hula school. We perform all over the world. (chanting in Hawaiian) In ancient times, warriors
were actually recruited from the halau. The chief would come to look and from the ranks of the
advanced male dancers, warriors were selected. The philosophy of our halau
is to kind of replicate that. – For male hula, we’re basically
telling warrior stories. And to dance like a warrior, you need to train like a warrior. (waves splashing) We train in a private piece of
land on the west side of Oahu using only what ancient Hawaiians had. Whether it’s rocks, the sand, the ocean. When we come to practice,
we expect to die. It’s strenuous on the legs, but
it’s also to train your mind. I tell myself and the rest of the boys, “If I fall, it’s because
my body just gave out.” One of the hardest workouts we do would be climbing the coconut tree. Sometimes you reach the top
and your legs are shaking because, you know, you’re
holding your weight. And to look down knowing
that nothing’s holding you you’ve got to kind of
have this warrior mindset as like, you know, that this is
what I want, you know. I’m going to get this. – You know, when these
gentlemen come to hula, they are like a ball of clay. As kumu, I look at it as my responsibility to shape them into better individuals, better fathers, better
sons, better brothers. Our goal is that when
these men are done dancing that they leave here better people. (waves splashing) – What hula does for me culturally, it still takes me back
to how Hawaii used to be. People sometimes are losing
that aloha for each other, that love for each other
and hula just gives you that reality check, man. I’m dancing until my kneecaps fall off. And even after that I’m going to do whatever
I can for the halau. You know, we have this brotherhood where we take care of each other. We help push each other. It’s my passion and I look forward to seeing where hula takes me in life.

100 thoughts on “Telling Warrior Stories with Hula

  1. Good choice talking with Ke Kai o Kahiki when discussing the more "rugged" side of hula, this are probably some of the most athletically well trained dancers at Merrie Monarch. Need look no further than their win in 2009 to prove that!

  2. Does anyone knows how I can get into this amazing formation? Obviously, respecting their culture.
    Please.

  3. Hula is similar to a Kata and use to be used to tell story and teach lessons of war. It was not until later that women get involved.

  4. these men are a whole snack, (not to disrespect the Hawaiian culture or anything, i'm just commenting on their physical appearance)

  5. Hula = in Arabic means something u wear to look beautiful like necklace or anything

  6. Aloha i ka aina okapala i ke no'e walaou no na'a lik'e lik'e o ho'e walaau!!!!!🌺🤙🏽 Cheeeeeeeee Hoooooooo!!!!!!

  7. This makes a great deal of sense because we all associate Hula as merely a dance style, but our ignorance certainly limits our broader understanding of the meanings behind these cultural dances, and Hawaiian Warriors are a committed and fierce people who come from a culture that very few westerners really understand. The male Hula dancers obviously conceal a fighting skill that is used in combat if and when necessary as Ancient Hawaiians engaged in many battles among their tribes, as well as outsiders. Hula would, in theory, be like the ritual dancing and martial art of Capoeira from African Brazilians as their combat is disguised as a dance, but is a devastating martial art with an effective range and delivery, so male Hula dancers may actually use their dancing to conceal effective self-defense skills while using these areas for spiritual discipline that is common with most diverse cultures.

  8. I really wish we could go like back in time but with modern advancements… so like hawaii wasn'[t part of america… I guess I want a utopia

  9. Brah! Anciently only men danced Hula. Brah come on. Only after the 1800 did women start dancing to save the culture.

  10. Mad respect for you guys!! Do NOT ever surrender your culture in the name of diversity!! Stay strong and stay Hawaiian!!🌺🌴🏄🏻🐠

  11. so beautiful!!! such a hot dance! yeah, natural workouts are the best and they have a soft side when they make the crowns and get into the outfits! just love!

  12. The Spanish records, as well as the records of cpt. Cook. Tell of the polynesians being excellent wrestlers and boxers. Even besting their best sailors and soldiers.

  13. whispers " i love how they look so muscles and strong and fierce . i wish our males would look like this XD" i think culture is important so nobody forgett where they come from and what the roots are. when everyone is mixed with each other, the culture get lost and you cant say "hei i wanna see ….." bec there is no … left, if i wanna see traditionell culture dance ore warriors ore things like this, i fly ore drive to spots where the orginal land for it is, and when there is nothing to see anymore…. its sad. iam also ok when shaolin ore maori come to european to show there culture, as long as they dont do it only for money iam fine with it. People arent clowns ore zirkus atraktions, there holder of ancient culture, of knowledge, and this must be protectet

  14. Not for nothing… I get Hula being a sacred cultural thing… but you gotta admit.. this shit is sexy as f… I could TOTALLY see a Male Strip Club gay / str8 for Hula… lawd have mercy.. Gold mine right there.

  15. Mesmerized by the authentic Hawaiian culture. I'm in aaawe. I LOVE this episode. I MUST be in the presence of these men and their AWFUL, PASSIONATE performance. WOW. 🙂

  16. Men across the world need to do this, preserve the traditions that bolster brotherhood, strength, bravery and a sense of community.

  17. You call yourself warriors? haa
    They are so fat even my grandpa is more fit than them. Hey obese faggots, loose some weight.
    2:57 is the only guy deserves to be called warrior.

  18. "Warriors" are you guys ready for the Hula dance? Yes! Ok, men, let's go trough the check out list: gym? Yes! Pedicure? Yes! Hair style? Yes! Body lotion? Yes! Sexy moves? Yes! …ok, let's go. Wait! How about the tattoos and the mini little leaves skirts? Oh, oh… Greetings from BRAZIL "warriors".🇧🇷🇧🇷🇧🇷🇧🇷

  19. Sweet mother of pearl. Every single dancer is gorgeous ! It’s beautiful and sexy and exciting thank you for this .

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