American Aloha: Hula Beyond Hawai'i (#1607)
For Hawaiians, the hula is not just a dance but a way of life - even for those who no longer live on the islands. While most Americans know only the stereotypes of grass skirts and coconut bras, the hula is a living tradition that tells of the rich history and spirituality of Hawai'i through music, language, and dance. A renaissance of Hawaiian culture continues to grow in California. Following three kumu hula, or master hula teachers, the film celebrates the perpetuation of a culture - from the very traditional to the contemporary - as it evolves on distant shores. With more Native Hawaiians living on the mainland than in the state of Hawai'i, the revival of Hawaiian pride that began in the 1970s on the islands continues for future generations through the hula. Revealing the survival of Hawai'i's indigenous culture from near-destruction, " American Aloha" is a reminder of the power of reclaiming tradition for communities creating a home away from home. [56 minutes]
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