Hula Supply is Here!
LeiHut is thrilled to welcome our newest vendor, Hula Supply Center, to the LeiHut Ohana. The Hula Supply Center has been in business in Honolulu since 1954 and is the go-to source for all things hula related. Walking around their shop is a sensory overload – brightly colored flower leis line the walls, freshly hollowed ipu gourds rest on the floor to dry, shelves are stocked with traditional Hawaiian printed sarongs, instruments, jewelry and other goods unique to Hawaii and hula. Here’s a guide to some of the staples that Hula Supply Center provides to hula halaus around the world.
Puili Sticks are hand carved from bamboo and one of the most widely used implements in hula. One side is split to make the distinct rhythmic sound of traditional hula. This split side is tapped on the ground, against the body, or against the other puili stick. The smooth side of the puili serves as the handle and comes in either a small or large hand size. Small puili sticks are great for children just beginning their hula practice.
New Zealand Dancing Balls, also known as Maori Balls or Poi Balls, were traditionally used by Maori dancers. These days, New Zealand Dancing Balls are commonly incorporated in a variety of Polynesian performances. While grasping the yarn tassels, dancers twist their wrists to create beautiful patterns with the swinging balls. Glow in the dark poi balls and fire dancing ties back to this historic form of dance.
Authentic Hula Skirts are perhaps the most iconic pieces of hula supply. Historically, Hawaiians turned to mother nature to gather ti leaves or hala leaves to weave together into the green grass skirts that have become part of the hula culture. Raffia skirts offer a nice alternative to the fresh leaf version for those who don’t have access to Hawaiian rain forests! They can also serve as a wall hanging for for a tropical twist on interior decorating.