Hula is a Hawaiian dance, accompanied by a song or chat, which tells a story through each of the movements. This beautiful tradition can be seen when visiting the different islands of Hawaii but Molokai plays an important part in the history of the hula.

Each island has their own birth of the hula, but Molokai is known to be the island where the hula practices originated and where hula was studied, similar to a master’s degree.

Ka’ana is the area of Halau Hula (hula school) near Maunaloa on Molokai. Males were selected or chosen from birth DSC_0570to toddlers to enter Halau Hula Na Kahiko this sacred dance of history.

The tradition of hula continues today, though it was banned for a while in the 1800s. There are two types hula; hula auana which is modern and put to music, or the traditional type, hula kahiko, which is the ancient hula and performed with chants sung and accompanied with traditional percussion implements.

The history of the hula is celebrated every year on Molokai during the Ka Hula Piko festival which happens over three days in May.


The festival include lectures, demonstrations, and excursions to Ka’ana, which is on private property and only accessible once a year during this festival. The third day culminates in a grand Ho’olaule’a with food, music and crafts which is open to the public.

For more information on the Molokai Ka Hula Piko, please visit http://www.kahulapiko.com