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Ancient Hula Type Name
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Hula Pua`a (Pig dance)

Further Detail
Hula Pua`a is an animal dance. Generally, in animal dances, the dancer tries to imitate the sounds, body movements, and characteristics of the animal. For Hula Pua`a, the dancers try to sound like a pig by changing their voice quality, grunting, snorting, and rooting. The basic body position can be standing or sitting, or both within the same presentation, with the dancer creeping and crouching, waddling, and/or scooting on the ground.

These pig movements are not chosen in random fashion, but are determined by what the pua`a chant and the particular hula tradition call for.

General Body Position: Kü or Noho (Standing or Sitting)
Can be for Game, Pastime, or Sport: Yes
Implement or Instrument: No

Published Research Sources

Hawaiian Dictionary (Puku`i/Elbert)
- "Hula Pua`a" is described as "a hula dance in which the hips sway from side to side in imitation of a fat hog's waddling."

Hula: Historical Perspectives (Barrere/Puku`i/Kelly)
- Pages 82-83 tell of how the "hog dance" originated on Kaua`i and later spread to O`ahu when the god Kamapua`a moved there. This account also gives a chant example and notes a pua`a step called "amipuaa" which mimics that "waddling of a fat hog."

Hula Pahu volume 2 (Tatar)
- Page 251 gives background on "`Ülei pahu" as a Hula Pua`a. Pages 321-323 footnote 30 give background on "E o e ka lani nui, lani Mehameha i ke kapu," a name chant for Kamehameha 1, and its designation as a Hula Pua`a in Puku`i's notes.

Additional Notes
Please see "Published Sources" section above for greater detail on where to find documented research on this Hula Type.

Please also consult the "Kupuna" section at bottom to read and hear what our elders have to share.

Hula Pua`a, performed by Nona Beamer, 2000
Hula Pua`a, performed by Nona Beamer, 2000

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Pua`a (Pig)

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