Hula Kahiko – Ancient Hula | Hula ‘Auana – Modern Hula
Introduction to (4) Hula Steps
Kāholo: the haʻa vamp step, more common in modern than in ancient dances, consists of 4 counts:
#1 one foot is extended in a straight line to the side
#2 the other foot is brought alongside
#3 first foot is again extended in a straight line to the side
#4 the other foot is again brought alongside the first foot
Hela: one foot is placed at about a 45-degree angle to the front/side with the weight on the opposite hip and the knees bent; the foot is then returned to the original position, and the step is repeated with the other foot.
ʻAmi: rotation of hips
ʻUwehe, ʻuehe, ʻuweke: one foot is lifted with weight shifting to the opposite hip as that foot is "Uehe" lowered; both knees are then pushed forward by the quick raising of the heels, with the continued swaying of the hips from side to side. The actions are then repeated in reverse.