The Natives Are Restless: A San Francisco dance master takes hula into the twenty-first century

The Natives Are Restless: A San Francisco dance master takes hula into the twenty-first century

by Constance Hale


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The art of hula is thriving in cities all over the country and the world, but it is not always understood. In The Natives Are Restless , journalist Constance Hale presents the largely untold story of the dance tradition, using the twin keyholes of Kumu Patrick Makuakane (a Hawai‘i-born, San Francisco–based hula master), and his 350-person arts organization (Na Lei Hulu i ka Wekiu). In the background, she weaves the poignant story of an ancient people and the resilience of their culture. In the foreground, she tells the story of an electrifying new form of hula that has emerged from a restless generation of artists like Makuakane. The crisp narrative is complemented by full-color photographs and illustrations. Her love for hula, and her history with the dance, inform Hale’s prose on every level. She makes Makuakane’s exuberant, fierce, sensuous dance style come alive on the page.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781943006069
Publisher: SparkPress
Publication date: 10/11/2016
Pages: 244
Sales rank: 1,200,312
Product dimensions: 9.40(w) x 11.40(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Constance Hale is a Hawaii-born, San Francisco-based journalist who has been writing about Hawaiian culture for more than twenty-five years. Her award-winning features on slack-key guitar, the sovereignty movement, the Hawaiian language, Big Island cowboys, and Spam sushi have appeared in the Atlantic, National Geographic Adventure, Afar, Smithsonian, Los Angeles Times, Miami Herald , and Honolulu. She has also worked as a staff reporter and editor at the Oakland Tribune , the San Francisco Examiner, Wired , and Health magazines. She has written three books on language and literary style, including the best-selling Sin and Syntax , and her eight-part series on writing a sentence is on the New York Times “Opinionator.” Hale started dancing the hula at seven and performed each year in May Day festivals at Hale‘iwa Elementary School, switching to ballet and jazz dance while at Punahou School and Princeton University. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Princeton and a master’s degree from UC Berkeley. She has studied hula with Patrick Makuakāne for twenty years and edits the hālau’s annual newsletter, Kaholo‘ana.

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