- a sinuous Hawaiian native dance with intricate arm movements that tell a story in pantomime, usually danced to rhythmic drumming and accompanied by chanting.
Origin of hula
Examples from the Web for hula
Contemporary Examples of hula
That results in Ed Henry hula dancing on-air and other fluff segments.Lindsey Graham on Bracing for 2012 and More Sunday Talk
The Daily Beast Video
January 2, 2011
And then they burst through the door and come running into the room as I'm delivering the speech, in their hula skirts.Suzy Welch Dishes
April 16, 2009
Historical Examples of hula
Ohe (-he)--bamboo; a flute; a variety of the hula (pp. 135, 145).
Ku'i (ku'i)--to smite; to beat; the name of a hula (p. 250).
It was he also who introduced into the hula the kakeke as an instrument of music.
For an account of the first hula we may look to the story of Pele.
In truth, the actors in the hula no longer suit the action to the word.
- a Hawaiian dance performed by a woman
Word Origin for hula
Word Origin and History for hula
"traditional dance of Hawaii," 1825, from Hawaiian. As a verb from 1952. Hula hoop first recorded in fall of 1958, when it was a craze; so called from resemblance of motions of one using it to the dancers' hip circles.