Long Haul

If you want to widen your dance repertoire beyond salsa and tango, there's always hula. Long before Captain James Cook arrived on the island of Kauai in 1778, Hawaiians were performing the hypnotic dance. Though its origins are steeped in legend, the hula is thought to have been brought to Hawaii by Polynesian immigrants more than 1,500 years ago. The stylized hand and foot gestures are meant to mirror natural phenomena like swaying palms and waterfalls, and are always accompanied by rhythmic chants. Grass skirts, leis and decorative ferns, nuts and shells, pictured, are intended to symbolize the integration of nature...

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