May 31, 2023

King David Kalakaua, the last king to rule Hawaii before the constitutional monarchy was overthrown, revived many ancient Hawaiian customs, most notably hula.

“Hula is the language of the heart, so the heartbeat of Hawaiian people,” King Kalakaua famously said.

Discover how the history of hula is closely tied to Hawaiian history and Native Hawaiian identity in Preserving Hula, the Heartbeat of Hawaii.