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Hula: Preserving Native Hawaiian Language and Culture

UNUKUPUKUPU is the name of the rigorous hula curricula of Dr. Taupōuri Tangarō at Hawai‘i Community College, University of Hawai‘i System.

Dr. Tangarō describes the crucial role the Native Hawaiian language has played throughout the history of hula.

UNUKUPUKUPU is a descendant of the centuries old ‘Aiha‘a (Sacred Dance) traditions of Hālau O Kekuhi, Hilo, Hawai‘i.

Dr. Tangarō was a participant in the 2012 Campus and Community Festival program. This video was produced as part of the Hawai‘i participation in the upcoming 2013 Folklife Festival program One World, Many Voices: Endangered Languages and Cultural Heritage. Stay tuned for more previews of this program.

Comments
  • http://Smithsonian.com Jerry

    An history lesson about the use of language as well as the dance. Thank you very much.

  • Debi

    Aloha! Very informative. Thank you. Mahalo, for sharing this.