Each move has six
I lalo Down
I mua Forward
I hope Back
Hema - Left
Basic bent-knee stance from which many hula moves are derived.
Lewa "Lift," starting from the ha`a, the hips are
Hela Starting from the ha`a, the feet are alternately placed
out to the front.
Ka`i Starting from the ha`a, one foot is lifted and the
weight-bearing food lifts the heel and then taps it again on the ground,
`Ami Rotation of the hips.
`Ami `ami An `ami which exaggerates the forward-back
motion (considered vulgar by my kupuna).
`Ami honua An exaggerated `ami (lt. world `ami)
`Ami hue A very rapid `ami similar to the `ami ku`upau.
`Ami kahela / `Ami poepoe An `ami in which the weight
rests on one foot and the other heel keeps time.
`Ami kuku A rapid form of `ami done in sets of three.
`Ami ku`upau A very rapid form of `ami, similar to the
Tahitian step (lit. uninhibited `ami).
`Ami `oniu Figure-eight `ami (lit. spinning `ami).
`Ami `opu An `ami which exaggerates the forward movement
of the hips (considered vulgar by my kupuna).
`Uwehe Starting with the ha`a, the weight hangs from the
weight-bearing hip. 1, lift free foot. 2, Set foot down. 3, pause. 4,
Lele `uwehe 1, weight hangs from weight-bearing hip,
"rainbow" free foot to side. 2, Shift weight and hela with
other foot. 3, bring foot back. 4, pop heels.
– Similar to `wehe, but only one heel is lifted at a time.
Ki`i wawae ma waho - 1, Weight hangs from
weight-bearing hip, free foot hela front. 2 free foot point to side. 3,
Foot returns to center. 4, pop heels.
Ki`i wawae ma loko - Same as above, but start at side.
"Travel," lateral movement using the lewa.
Kaholo Ka`i A kaholo incorporating the ka`i step.
Kaholo ne`ene`e A kaholo incorporating the `oniu.
Kaholo Koloa Duck walk.
Kaholoholo A double kaholo.
Kaholo kaiue A kaholo in which the hips swing strongly from
side to side.
Kawelu A "grapevine"-like travel in which the lead
foot moves foreward and back (lit. flutter)
– A rapid three-step run, usually side to side, similar to movements of
the kōlea bird when hunting food.
– A forward travel in which the toe is placed on the ground and then the
heel tapped down before repeating with the other foot.
A forward travel in which the foot is placed flat on the ground and then
the heel lifted and tapped before repeating with the other foot.
I was taught to sit
kneeling with the legs on each side of my "puapua" (tail). But
some halau sit on top of the legs.
Rising up on the knees
Ilalo settling back down between the legs
`Ami Rising up on the knees so the thighs are about 45
degrees from vertical and rotating the hips.
Kiki`i kua Starting from i luna, lowering the body backwards.
Kiki`i noho Starting from i lalo, lowering the body backwards.
Po`ohiwi ka`a - Starting from i lalo, lowering one shoulder
to the mat and then rolling across the shoulders to the other and
returning to upright.
Sacred Hula, The Historical Hula `Ala`apapa, Amy Ku`uleialoha
Hawaiian Dictionary, Pukui & Elbert, University of Hawai`i Press