Hawaiiana | Watch & Wonder Weekly Highlight

Tuesday, May 23, 2 PM

For next week’s Watch & Wonder Highlight, we’re thrilled to feature the film Hawaiiana. After watching, dive deeper with resources about the historic and cultural origins of hula on PBS LearningMedia.

In Hawaiiana, examine the enduring legacy of Winona “Aunty Nona” Beamer, a revered educator, storyteller, composer and hula expert who dedicated her life to preserving and celebrating traditional Hawaiian culture. Archival music and dance performances, along with past interviews and footage, tell the story of a pioneering woman whose wisdom and life story continue to spread the message of aloha worldwide.

PBS LearningMedia

How Hula Dancers Connect Hawaii’s Past and Present | If Cities Could Dance

Grades 6-12
Honolulu is home to tourism hotspot Waikiki, and many of the city’s beachfront hotels host lavish luaus showcasing styles of hula influenced by Western music and instrumentation. But 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. Driven by the mele (poetry), hula marries movement with spoken word to express stories about specific deities, people, places and events.

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