- 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-hula
Felix again endeavoured to fathom the mysteries of the hula-hula.Summer Cruising in the South Seas
Charles Warren Stoddard
Tehei danced the Tahitian hula-hula and Henry did the Samoan seva-seva.Through the South Seas with Jack London
Felix again endeavored to fathom the mysteries of the hula-hula.
Satiated, at last, in the very bitterness of their unnatural gayety, they called for the hula-hula as a fitting close.
- a Hawaiian dance performed by a woman
Word Origin and History for hula-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.