International Waikiki Hula Conference starts in Waikiki

International Waikiki Hula Conference starts in Waikiki

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - It's the dance Hawaii is most known for and for the third year in a row, many others got the chance to learn this ancient art. Some of Hawaii's top kumu hula came together once again for the International Waikiki Hula Conference. It's the largest of its kind in the state.

This three day event brings together hula dancers from Hawaii and around the world. Participants learned the beats of the ipu gourd drum, while others took part in uli uli making.

"By sharing the hula, it's one way we can link to the outside and to share that with those who never been here at all and hula brings so much love, it's a bonding," said kumu hula Kanoe Simpliciano.

Kumu hula also remembered one of Hawaii's most well-known hula master's, Uncle George Naope, who passed away recently.

The Waikiki Improvement Association is heading up this conference, which runs through Sunday at the Hawaii Convention Center.