Last summer, I went to my first Hula dance class. I was following a WeChat account called “HulaChina (夏威夷文化苑)” for ages, but going to try Hula for myself hadn't really occurred to me. It took a cloudy and humid Shanghai summer day and nationwide travel ban to get me longing for an island escape. That one class made a big impression. Chanting, hand drums, swirling colorful dresses… I don't know how authentic it was, but it was a great time. The lesson was led by Kimo, a professional hula teacher for five years, and probably the first person to teach Hula dance in Shanghai. I asked him about being a Hula dancer, especially a male Hula dancer, a bit about his relationship to the art form, and what it means to him.
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