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Chant and Hula

While Hawaiians composed and performed chant and mele (songs) alone, hula has never been danced without verbal accompaniment. In ancient times, the chant remained the primary focus with the dance adapted to enhance the chant. Fluid gestures added grace to the dance but did not necessarily mirror the chant's words in a sort of visual sign language. The deeply metaphoric nature of Hawaiian language left ample room for multiple interpretations.

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