If Cities Could Dance

How Hula Dancers Connect Hawaii’s Past and Present

Season 4 Episode 4 | 6m 42s  | Video has closed captioning.  | Video has audio description

For Native Hawaiians, the origins of hula are deeply spiritual and rooted in Hawaii’s creation stories and the history and culture of their kūpuna or ancestors. Many sacred dances have been passed down through centuries of kumu hula, or hula instructors, like Honolulu’s Snowbird Puananiopaokalani Bento, who trained decades to master the language, choreography and protocols.

Aired: 10/12/21

Rating: NR

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If Cities Could Dance is a local public television program presented by KQED.