Pre-1778: The Native Hawaiians developed their traditional dance hula, which was associated with religious practices. The hula's chants express stories, genealogy, and history of the Hawaiian people.
January 1778: In the first observance of hula by foreigners, European explorer Captain James Cook and his crew watched a hula kāla'au performance on the island of Kauai.
1819: Kamehameha II abolished the kapu system. A royal decree prohibited the worship of Hawaiian gods, and heiau (temples) and images of gods were destroyed. Hula loses its traditional context, although the dance continued to be performed.
1820:The missionaries arrived in Hawaii and introduced Christianity to the Hawaiians. The missionaries, advisors to the Hawaiian government, greatly influenced public policy and strongly discouraged hula, which they saw as "heathen" and "lascivious."
1830: Influenced by the missionaries and converted to Christianity five years before, Queen Regent Kaahumanu banned public performances of hula.
May 1851: Under the first law in Hawaii that punished public performances of the hula, the Minister of the Interior was to license all public performances, requiring a large fee for each performance. However, private performances were difficult to regulate.
1860s: Because hula was discouraged, it was taught secretly during this time.
1870: The restriction on hula was eased, as the government reduced the fees, fines, and penalties for performing hula and allowed public performances outside of Honolulu and Lahaina.
1883: King David Kalakaua's love of hula resulted in the revival of the dance. Kalakaua had hula performances for various events including the celebration of his coronation ceremonies in 1883 and his fiftieth birthday in 1886 (King's Jubilee).
1920s: With the rise in the tourist industry in Hawaii, Hula 'Auana, the westernized hula, was performed on tourist shows and hollywood films, with melodic songs, string instrument accompaniment, and sensual gestures.
1964: George Lanakilakekiahialiʻi Naʻope started the Merrie Monarch Festival, a three-day hula competition, which played an important role in the Hawaiian Renaissance.
1970s: The Hawaiian Renaissance spawned a resurgence in the traditional Hawaiian cultural identity.
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New-York tribune. (New York [N.Y.]) 1866-1924, January 23, 1910, Image 53