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  • n. A Hawaiian dance, hula

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A native Hawaiian dance, accompanied by singing and drumming.

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  • n. a Polynesian rain dance performed by a woman


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  • Large crowds of mourners gathered on the palace grounds and “made the place a pandemonium every night with their howlings and wailings, beating of tom-toms and dancing of the at other times forbidden hula-hula by half-clad maidens to the music of songs of questionable decency chanted in honor of the deceased.”


  • The night after that I tried palm trees, but that was no good, that one was another cliché, I could almost see hula-hula girls and hear ukes strumming.

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  • He dryly noted the restrictions, encouraged by missionaries, on the storied “hula-hula” dance, “save at night, with closed doors,” and for an admission fee of “ten dollars.”

    Mark Twain

  • In the throes of mental fatigue and quota panic, Sam swept up his scrapbooks and letters on the land of coconut trees, volcanoes, and hula-hula girls, and hurled them into the maw.

    Mark Twain

  • Maybe you could wear that beauty contest swimsuit and do that hula-hula dance you did.


  • I got out, locked the door, and crossed the pavement to the entrance of the night-club which had above it the flickering neon sign 'Balinova' and the outlined neon figures of two hula-hula dancers, although I failed to grasp the connection between Hawaii and Indonesia.

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  • A row of hula-hula girls in paper necklaces appears outside of

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  • They took the contents of the "International Book-Shop" into the back yard and started a bon-fire with it, and detectives and college boys on a lark joined hands and danced an imitation of the Hawaiian hula-hula around the blaze.

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  • Cappy added, "I have a notion that before Joey gets rid of that hula-hula girl he's going to be a sadder, wiser and poorer young man than he is at present."

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  • Thus the _hula-hula_ dance, while primitive in origin, may probably be compared more to a civilized than to a primitive dance, since it has become divorced from real life.

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