Once little more than simply swaying hips for tourists at Hawaiian-themed luaus, hula has come to be recognized as an intricate dance form requiring extended training and with both ancient technique and contemporary potential. Locally based KilohanaKilohana Dance Company exemplifies today's hula and its Na Alai'i: Hawaiian Monarchy considers Hawaiian royalty from King Kamehameha to Queen Lili'uokalani, a time long before Hawaii became the 50th state.th state.th state. The dancers receive help from Hawaiian musicians performing live. The day begins at 9 a.m. with family friendly activities and a dancing tour of the different Hawaiian islands with young hula dancers and live musicians as the guides. Part of the low cost Big!World!Fun! series at the Ford Amphitheater, 2580 Cahuenga Blvd. East, Hlywd.; Sat. Aug. 29, 8:30 p.m. $30, $5 students and children. Big!World!Fun! Sat., Aug. 29, 9 a.m., $5, children free. (323) 461-3673 or www.FordTheatres.org. -Ann Haskins

Sat., Aug. 29, 8:30 p.m., 2009

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