A carefully pinned red hibiscus is the perfect compliment to the Hawaiian muumuu as these young ladies prepare for a hula demonstration.
Hula is such an important part of Hawaiian culture that, even here on lightly populated Molokai, there are several hula halau (training schools).
The Kumu Hula, or hula teacher, assembles the dancers, both men and women, boys and girls, in practice sessions weekly. When an occasion arises, the halau is asked to perform.
An “occasion” could be as formal as an international competition or as relaxed as a baby luau, an evening at a local restaurant, or an impromptu get-together in someone’s back yard.
Music is an integral part of the lifestyle on Molokai.