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The Hula is the most popular feature of Hawaiian culture, and with good reason. The nature of the dance, chants and the music perfectly capture the Hawaiian beliefs and practices that respect their gods, and are in touch with their surroundings, their spirits, and with the higher beings that guide them and protect them in their everyday lives.
Another fun fact is that all material (except for material clothing) such as the skirts and leis are all made by the dancers, they need to go find the flowers and leaves on their own and make the rope that holds everything together from material made from trees.
Merrie monarch was initially made to appreciate and preserve hula, it wasn't initially expected for people all over the world to come here and experience. The merrie monarch is very much rooted in the culture and for our ancestors and future generations. It is one of the purest and honest Hawaiian events here, meaning they are not trying to make a profit from it, and that makes it so much more special.