Hula competitions return in Hawaii as state reopens post-pandemic

Hula is a way of life in Hawaii, but during the COVID-19 pandemic, hula competitions were put on hold and communities had to practice virtually.
3:23 | 05/14/21

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Let's go back to Hawaii now where hula is synonymous with the culture. State. Like so many other things the pandemic put that tradition on hole. Well, it is back in a big way right now. You see it right there. Becky has the details. Reporter: Good morning, George. You may think of hula as gentle hands and swaying hip, and it is all that, but for so many in these islands it's much, much more. hula is at the heart of Hawaii. but this past year things got weird. the annual hula competition called the merry monarch where men, women and children compete was canceled. many hula teachers putting a kapu or taboo on dancing to protect vulnerable native hawaiian communities. For this man, a hula teacher from maui, that stomachage was significant. When covid hit, everybody went through this adjustment period of, okay, let's take a little time out, let's take time to reassess what is really important. Reporter: And hula hasn't had a stoppage like this in over 200 years back when the missionaries forced to ban which is so ironic because when you see hula like this it feels sacred. Hula is also a way of portraying stories, a way of holding myths and holding down generation after generation of knowledge so not only is just a movement of your body but it's also embodiment of the soul. It's a sensory driven kind of dance and it's an art form. Reporter: So at first during covid hula continued but over zoom, of course. then when the restriction was lifted hula happened spontaneously like this national Guard crew chief who ran into her ukulele playing uncle at a farmer's market. and now that covid rates are down and vaccination numbers are up, the big hula competition is happening again. It's scheduled for June even though no spectators will be coming this year. and for those who dance to express culture and find community, it means everything that hula is back. Hula for me is life and for me I want to live this life all the way through. Reporter: Hula is so popular that it truly has gone worldwide. There are hula troupes all across the mainland. Even internationally. So if anyone out there watching wants to learn, find a teacher somewhere nearby and, George, really anyone can do this. You know, you can do this on the anchor desk. You just make the motion of the ocean with your hands, you pick the flower. You could do this, George. Men do it too. Mike has been trying for so long. He's given up. Look me in the eye. When I think hula I think George Stephanopoulos. Yeah, Becky. George Stephanopoulos hula right here. I sense it. Great rendition. I'm doing it all inside.

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