See D. B. Barrèere et al., Hula: Historical Perspectives (1980, repr. 1997), R. Laes and R. Goldsmith, The Art of Hula (1996), N. B. Emerson, Unwritten Literature of Hawaii: The Sacred Songs of the Hula (1999), and A. Seiden, The Art of Hula (1999); documentary films, dir. by R. Mugge, Hawaiian Rainbow (1987) and Kumu Hula: Keepers of a Culture (1989).
Sinuous Polynesian dance that combines undulating movement of the hips and mimetic hand gestures, often performed to chants and instruments such as the ukulele. Originally a religious dance performed to praise the chiefs, the hula now tells a story or describe a place and are danced exclusively by women. The typical costume is a raffia skirt and a lei worn around the neck.
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On August 7, 2006, an Israeli airstrike on Houla was falsely reported to have left 40 people dead, when in fact only 1 died. Prime Minister of Lebanon, Fuad Siniora told a group of Arab foreign ministers whom had gathered in Beirut for a meeting that "An hour ago, there was a horrific massacre in the village of Houla in which more than 40 martyrs were victims of deliberate bombing". Siniora later admitted he was wrong, and revised the death toll from 40 to 1.
Houla is a village in southern Lebanon. It was used as base for Arab fighters during 1948. During the 2006 Lebanon War, Lebanese Prime Minister Fouad Siniora had reported 40 deaths after an Israeli airstrike in Houla. He had told Arab foreign ministers in Beirut that the attack "was a horrific massacre ... in which more than 40 martyrs were victims of deliberate bombing." Siniora claimed this incident as evidence that Israel did have "the intention to kill" civilians. However, it was later more accurately discovered that there had only been 1 death in the airstrike. In addition, it should be noted that under the Geneva Conventions, combatants are forbidden to use civilians as human shields, but if they do so, the presence of civilians does not render an area off-limits to military strikes. In the case of Houla, the Israel Defense Forces explained that they had been warning civilian residents of Houla to leave their homes by dropping leaflets for two weeks prior to striking Hezbollah forces in the area. The Lebanese Prime Minister admitted to the revised death toll, but did not apologize for his miscalculation or previous statement. "The massacre in Houla, it turned out that there was one person killed," Siniora said. "...Thank God they have been saved."
Hula hoopla; You won't see any leis or grass skirts when Marcus Quiniones premieres the Twin Cities' first hula drama tonight for Theater Mu.(VARIETY)
Apr 09, 1999; "Circle Around the Island" is Hawaiian slang for the undulating rhythms of a Hula dancer's hips. In Hawaiian legend, it...