It is believed that the traditional hula, Kahiko, has been part of the Hawaiian culture since ancient times. Today it is much more common to see the contemporary hula known as ‘Auana. King David Kalakaua, revered as the Merrie Monarch, had a profound love and appreciation for the hula dance. He said, “Hula is the language of the heart, and, therefore, the heartbeat of the Hawaiian people.” Everything that one does when hula dancing means something. The face, the hands, the feet, and the hips all look or move a certain way, each playing a part of the larger story.