Find Your Inner Hula

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If you're walking down Kalakaua Avenue near the Hyatt Regency Waikiki, you've probably seen our new Shops of Hawaii window inside Products of Hawaii featuring two larger than life animated hula girls whose hips sway every few seconds as they tower above forty of our favorite shaky hula dolls. I have to say it's an absolute show wstopper. And while the window features one of our most popular products, it also celebrates the tradition of hula and inspires visitors to find their aloha within.

A dance form typically accompanied by chant or song, hula is an important part of Hawaiian culture. While some believe hula was created by Laka, the goddess of hula, and originated on Molokai, others say that Pele, the goddess of fire, was the first to dance hula in Hawaii. Ancient Hawaiians danced hula regularly, but when New England missionaries arrived in the islands they denounced the practice as pagan and forced the ali'i -- or Hawaiian royalty -- to ban it. The scanty costumes of the hula dancers -- pa'u or wrapped skirts with no tops were worn by women and malo or loincloths were the only clothing worn by men -- likely contributed to the missionaries condemning hula as evil. Despite strong criticism from the American missionaries, some natives continued to dance hula in secret. In fact, public performances were limited until King David Kalakaua championed the renaissance of hula. Today, hula is practiced by children and adults alike and it brings great pleasure to locals and visitors.

Our shakey hula doll is a perfect way to celebrate hula and commemorate your trip to the islands. Often placed on a dashboard (as seen in the movie The Descendants), shakey hula dolls help ensure you keep your inner hula alive even when you are thousands of miles away from Hawaii!

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