NEWS RELEASE                                                                                                                               Date: September 25, 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                                         Release Number: 57/13’s Newest Video Honors Hula

The Outrigger Hotels and Resorts short-subject videos on YouTube

celebrate Hawaii’s culture and lifestyle


                                  Left photo: Kumu hula Blaine Kamalani Kia, Right photo: Kumu hula Leimomi Ho


WAIKIKI, HONOLULU, HAWAII– To celebrate Hawaii’s beloved cultural tradition of hula, – a website created by Outrigger Hotels and Resorts to showcase everything from island culture and food to ideas for romance and adventure in Hawaii – has released its newest short video, “The Story of Hula,” that features perspectives on the tradition of hula from two respected kumu hula (master teachers). Kumu hula Blaine Kamalani Kia and Leimomi Ho share their views on the significance of hula as a way of life and an expression of beauty and love that is uniquely Hawaiian.


Kumu hula Blaine Kamalani Kia describes hula as “recounting events and bringing them back alive through dance.” He continues by saying, “Everything in hula, all our chants, can tell us everything about morals, everything about ethics, everything about our daily life.”


Hula and chant embody kaona, deeper meaning, poetically expressed through words and dance. For the observer of hula, “If your mind and soul and heart are in it, you’re going to pick up everything they’re trying to express to you,” shares kumu hula Leimomi Ho.

“The Story of Hula” joins 19 other short videos available for viewing on the YouTube offers a meaningful dialogue with both visitors and local residents, deepening their relationship with Outrigger and Hawaii. also features the “View from Here” Hawaii travel blog penned by Kim Steutermann Rogers. More than 500 blog posts provide an intimate look at the special people and lesser-known paths traversing Hawaii’s built and natural landscapes.


To watch “The Story of Hula” or view’s extensive collection of videos, tune into its YouTube channel. Readers can also connect with Hawaii anywhere with Internet access by subscribing to and downloading a free photo e-book by logging on to


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About Outrigger Enterprises Group

Outrigger Enterprises Group is one of the largest and fastest growing privately-held leisure lodging and hospitality companies in the Asia Pacific and Oceania regions and continues to expand its presence throughout the area. A family-owned company with 65 years of hospitality experience, Outrigger runs a highly-successful, multi-branded line of hotels, condominiums and vacation resort properties, including Outrigger® Hotels & Resorts, OHANA® Hotels & Resorts, Embassy Suites®, Best Western®, and Wyndham Vacation Ownership®. Currently, Outrigger operates and/or has under development 45 properties with close to 11,000 rooms located in Hawaii; Australia; Guam; Fiji; Bali; Thailand; Vietnam; and Hainan Island, China. Outrigger Enterprises Group also operates and develops hotel properties and hospitality-related retail and real estate opportunities for partners in Hawaii, the Pacific, and Asia. For on-line information, log on at and




Nancy Daniels, APR, Director of PR

Outrigger Enterprises Group                         

Ph: 808-921-6839                  




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