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The Hula

The Hula

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Hawai‘i in the 1970s was a vibrant time; a Hawaiian Renaissance was being led, in part, by the renewed popularity of and interest in hula as an integral part of Hawaiian culture. The Hula was originally written by Jerry Hopkins in 1978, with assistance from Rebecca Kamili‘ia Erickson, and it has been a significant narrative on the dance form ever since.

Hopkins’ book was the first to offer readers a comprehensive history of hula aimed at a general audience. Three decades later, The Hula has not been superseded.

This reissue of The Hula, revised and edited by Hawaiian music and hula expert Amy Kuʻuleialoha Stillman and enhanced by poignant photographs and graphics, makes an overview of hula once again available to new generations of hula dancers, cultural enthusiasts and fans alike.



Jerry Hopkin originally wrote The Hula in 1982. He has written 36 books in all, including the bestselling Jim Morrison biography No One Here Gets Out Alive (#1, New York Times); Elvis In Hawai‘i; and Don Ho: My Music, My Life. Hopkins was a longtime editor of Rolling Stone.

Rebecca Kamili‘ia Erickson was a contributing editor for Na Ki‘i Pohaku: A Hawaiian Petroglyph Primer and Hawaii Island Artists and Friends of the Arts. A longtime editor for Guitar Player magazine, she lived in Hawai‘i from 1978 to 2011 and now resides in Austin, Texas where she continues to write about its thriving music culture.

Amy Ku‘uleialoha Stillman is a professor of American Culture and Music at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and the director of the Great Lakes Hula Academy. Born in Honolulu, she attended Kahuku Elementary School, Kalani High School, and the University of Hawai‘i, then completed her Ph.D at Harvard.


hardcover   |   200 pages   |   8.5" x 10"   |   color


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