#TuesdayTip How to make a pua (hula flower)
“Pua” is the Hawaiian word for flower and an important symbol in native Hawaiian culture and hula. In Hawaii, a flower represents a child or person. Any mention of a flower in Hawaiian song and dance (“mele” and “hula”) is a reference to a loved one. When flowers are sewn together, as in a lei, they represent a family or a community, which is why the gift of a lei is a true gesture of love (“aloha”).
Here’s how to make a pua in hula:
- With outstretched (but not stiff) arms to the low right diagonal, place both hands facing down at waist level.
- Gather your finger tips together and rotate your hands to create a blossom, facing up.
- Repeat on the left side.
- Add a hula step for the feet, like a kaholo or ka’o.
To practice your pua and learn more steps, such as the kaholo and ka’o, sign up for hula classes at 92Y’s Harkness Dance Center!