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Hula Fusion Performance

Hula dancing is a complex art form, and there are many hand motions used to represent the words in a song or chant. For example, hand movements can signify aspects of nature, such as the swaying of a tree in the breeze or a wave in the ocean, or a feeling or emotion, such as fondness or yearning. Foot and hip movements often pull from a basic library of steps including the kaholo, kaʻo, kawelu, hela, ʻuwehe, and ʻami. Although not endogenous to the Philippines, it has been woven into the Philippine culture through its Polynesian Heritage. The Philippines is a melting pot of Eastern and Western Cultures and somewhere in between.

Performer: Lyn Gaspar Mirocha is a health care professional but she, along with her sister have been performing Philippine folk and hula dances. She is dancing to the song by Israel Kamakawiwo?Ole - a ukulele version of Somewhere Over The Rainbow and the Hukilau Song.