"Hula is the language of the heart, and therefore the heartbeat of the Hawaiian people"
King David Laʻamea Kamananakapu Mahinulani Naloiaehuokalani Lumialani Kalākaua
The ancient Hawaiian history was oral, and chants were memorized and passed down. In the absence of a written language, this was the only available method of ensuring accuracy. Chants told the stories of creation, mythology, royalty, and other significant events and people. The hula dramatizes or portrays the words of the chants or songs in a visual dance form