Aloha and welcome to The Hula Dance website!
Hula is not simply a dance; it consists of ancient language, myth, history, and genealogy. Hula has been and continues to be used to pass down the history and legends of the Hawaiian people to each new generation. It is a large part of the culture, the life, and the love of the native people of Hawai’i. My fine art photography strives to both celebrate and preserve the sacred culture and traditions of Hula.
I first experienced the tradition, beauty, and passion of Hula as a child, during my first visit to the Hawaiian Islands. From that moment, the Hawaiian Islands and culture have held special meaning for me as a place of wonder, peace, and beauty. I am myself a student of Hula and continue to learn more about its culture, traditions, history, and life.
The dancers in these photographs are actually dancing during the photo shoots, wearing traditional outfits hand made by myself, representative of those worn in ancient times. They are part of Hula Halau (schools). Some dancers are Kumu Hula (teachers), some are accomplished competition winners, and others are lifelong students. Every one of them is dedicated to the culture and traditions of Hula.
This art exists because of tireless efforts by those who have kept Hula alive throughout the centuries. That is why a portion of the sales of these photographs will be donated to organizations that help preserve Hula, so the culture, the traditions, and the life of Hula will continue to be passed onto future generations.
Mai pale i ke a`o a ka makua–Do not set aside the teaching of your elders.
-Peter T. Richards