Hula in the Coola Day is a holiday meant to be celebrated by having some fun during a cool winter month by getting out of the house and pretending it’s a warm Hawaiian day! This holiday is a reminder of a Hawaiian tradition that also gets you out of the cold weather rut and lets you enjoy life, have a luau, dance hula, have a tropical drink, or perhaps even plan a trip to Hawaii!
The first European to arrive in the Hawaiian islands was James Cook; he arrived in 1778 and he took a special admiration while observing the hula dancing performances of the native people. Following the continuous arrival of Europeans, Hawaiian culture would start to change. Through the following decades, many Christian settlers had tried to dispose of Hawaiian culture’s heartbeat by attempting to get rid of hula dancing entirely, as they viewed it as immoral; yet it continued to thrive throughout the years, especially in the rural areas. Hula has continued to evolve into the twentieth century, eventually earning a holiday celebrated every February 1st.
How To Celebrate Hula in the Coola Day
Celebrate the day by going outside to hula dance with family and friends. To fully honor the Hawaiian tradition, bring tiki torches, grass skirts, Hawaiian drinks, and leis, and you can have a full-on luau. It might be a good idea to bring a few space heaters outside as well with the colder weather.
This holiday unites people by not only educating them on an importance within Hawaiian culture but also brings them together by enjoying a tradition that is fun for everyone in the family.
Ways to share Hula in the Coola Day on social media
Using #HulaintheCoolaDay on your posts, share with your followers the amazing luau you’re having to celebrate the holiday
Post yourself or others hula dancing in honor of the holiday
Encourage followers to post their own luau setups or even them hula dancing as well
Share the importance of Hawaiian culture and how it may have impacted you personally
Post various Hawaiian drink recipes for your followers to enjoy themselves on the holiday
“Kate had thought hula was something for tourists, girls in plastic skirts dancing to will songs about tiny bubbles in the champagne. Mehana's hula was different-a way of telling stories without words, a kind of body poetry.”
― Clemence McLaren, Dance for the Land
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