Renowned documentary filmmaker Robert Mugge examines the art of the hula, exploring Hawaiian song and dance culture going back to 500 AD when the Polynesians first arrived. These traditions have been passed along from generation to generation by kahuna (priests and sages) and kumu hula (master teachers). Shot at exotic locations throughout the islands, Vicky Holt Takamine and other respected kumu hula reveal ancient traditions that have survived and flourished in spite of attempts by 19th century missionaries, plantation owners, and U.S. Marines to repress Hawaii's indigenous culture.
“Thoroughly enjoyable... a feast for the eye, the ear and the heart... a beautiful film to watch… KUMU HULA succeeds in an enchanting presentation of its proud tradition.” –The Riverfront Times
DIRECTED BY ROBERT MUGGE
UNITED STATES | 1989 | ENGLISH LANGUAGE