I would LOVE to see it again. I wish Netflix had it for rental.
I keep returning to youtube to watch clips from the Merrie Monarch competitions. My favorites are always the fierce warrior-like competitors, men or women. They make me want to be Hawaiian, to learn the language and to learn these dances. Below you can watch one of my favorites, a procreation chant and hula. One of the comments I saw regarding this dance: "I think I just got pregnant watching it!".
The video clip below is bad quality. Most distressing is that the sound goes out of sync midway thru. Somehow, to me anyway, it doesn't even matter. This performer gives me the goosebumps anyway. I can't tear my eyes from her. She sings for awhile, then starts dancing. The story is told through a combination of chanting and dance.
One of my favorite parts of these performances is the audiences. They alternate between silent rapt attention and raucous praise. I regret my ignorance of the meanings of these dances and chants but it doesn't keep me from smiling all the way through in awe and delight.
Independent Lens . NA KAMALEI: The Men of Hula . The Film | PBS