Church History


    A Revival of Hula

    1850s Protestant missionaries in Hawaii objected to the arrival of Latter-day Saint missionaries for many reasons—not least of which was an accompanying “revival of Hula.” The Latter-day Saint missionaries, who did not share their religious contemporaries’ concerns about dance in general and Hawaiian dances in particular, would go on to become champions for the preservation of Pacific dance traditions in the 20th and 21st centuries.

    Rex T. Price, “The Mormon Missionary of the Nineteenth Century” (PhD diss., University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1991), 268–69