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Today, the hula is associated with a dance often including long mu’umu’us, grass skirts and leis as a form of entertainment at a dinner or show. That is only a minute part of the whole picture. In its earliest forms, the hula was a form of worship performed in a temple in honor of the Gods, and under the direction of a priest.

It was predominantly performed by males who were each carefully selected for their masculinity, virility and agility. Their movements extolled the virtues and powers of the Gods whom they worshipped including Ku, Kane, Lono, Kanaloa and many more gods and goddesses.

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