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Kumu Hula: Keepers of a Culture
Kumu Hula Keepers of a Culture
Director: Robert Mugge
Genres: Music Video & Concerts, Special Interests, Educational, Musicals & Performing Arts, Documentary
NR     1999     1hr 25min

The hula is the dance of the Hawaiian people and has been practiced since 500 AD. The hula tradition has been passed on for generations by kahuna (priests and sages) and by kumu hula (master teachers).


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Director: Robert Mugge
Creator: Robert Maier
Genres: Music Video & Concerts, Special Interests, Educational, Musicals & Performing Arts, Documentary
Sub-Genres: Music Video & Concerts, Dance, Educational, Ballet & Dance, Documentary
Studio: Winstar
Format: DVD - Color
DVD Release Date: 05/01/1999
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/1998
Release Year: 1999
Run Time: 1hr 25min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 4
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

A Trip Into Antiquity
Carol Costello | San Francisco | 06/29/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)

"I thoroughly enjoyed this tape on the old, traditional hulas of Hawaii. You won't find the popular, swaying palm Waikiki-type hulas with grandmas strumming ukes, but the chanting/percussion hulas of antiquity. There are some good interview with kumu hula's, or master teachers of hula, and the only drawback is that they are a bit competitive with one another. Everybody pushes their own hula school. But this is the real deal hula, a dying art, and it's inspiring. About 20% of the tape is narration and kumu hulas being interviewed, and all the rest is the dancing."
A respectful and significant look at a sacred tradition
Carol Costello | 06/23/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This is a beautiful film that honors the Kumu Hula, the teachers of the ancient Hawaiian tradition of hula. Not the modern version of swinging hips and flowing hands, but an older ceremonial style that includes drumming and chant. The pace is slow but it helps to bring you into the mood of the work being done by these teachers and their students. As the case says (I own a copy): "This is Hawaiian culture as few outsiders have ever seen it: rich, expressive, colorful and totally unique." Mahalo!"
This film respectfully helps to preserve the culture.
gatto_tristano_cinese | 08/01/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This is not only an entertaining film, but this film also respectfully helps to preserve the culture. The kumus are wonderful sources of knowledge, the scenery and dancing are beautiful, and the dancers themselves are really beautiful each in their own way."
Kim Lee Pak | 03/05/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I love this DVD. This is not a 'learn to hula' DVD. It is a documentary on the beautiful hula. You learn about the history and culture of the hula as well as opinions from Kumu Hulas. I really recommend this DVD~!"