Recently, I watched a webinar that discussed Hawaiian stories and traditions. Hosted by the National Indigenous Women's Resource Center, this webinar told the story of Pele and her journey towards creating a home for her and her siblings in the Hawaiian Islands.Pele is the goddess of volcanoes, fire, and the creator of the Hawaiian islands.
Tūtū (grandmother) Pele also created geographical salt waters and peninsulas in Hawaiian culture. Legend says that she resides in Hawaii’s most active volcano, the summit of Kīlauea on the Big Island.Pele’s sister Hi'iaka is the goddess of Hula.
Traditional hula celebrates the Hawaiian deities and their connection to Mother Earth. These dances, chants, and songs sometimes went on for days.Coconut bras and grass skirts are modern Hula attire.
Yes, the beloved Lilo and Stitch is partially to blame for spreading misinformation. Hula dancers actually wear ‘pa’u’ (sk…