Japanese Style Garden Lili'uokalani Park in Hilo. Big Island. l Hula - Indian Dance Hawaii Hawaiians as a culture and as a people enjoy telling stories. Heads or kapunas told stories to his people as a way to teach others about life and customs. These stories were part of the oral tradition of Hawaii. The hula, a dance native, is a storytelling medium. The dance is accompanied by songs and mele. There are two very different styles of hula, the style created by Polynesians called Hula Kahiko and newest style, which was created in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries with Western influence, this style is called Auana. The Polynesians arrived in the Hawaiian Islands from the southeast Pacific in canoes built by hand. They settled in these islands fertile and worshiped their gods dancing the hula. Laka is the goddess of hula and in turn the hula is danced to favor another goddess, known as Pele. For generations, the hula makers experienced a routine rigorous study. The hula school, Halau Hula or, imposed their students certain rules, such as not allow students to cut their hair or nails. Graduates passed through purification rituals in the water. Then the whole process of purification, held a great luau to celebrate their achievements. All family members were invited to celebrate with relatives. Today, Hula Halau still exists, serves to continue the tradition and graduation is celebrated with dances and banquets.