Hula! More than just dance

For many Hula dancing is just that, dancing. It’s presumed to be a hobby or a pastime, even a social event. But for the people of Hawaii and Polynesia, Hula or Ura as it's known to Polynesians, is their bridge to the past and the foundation of their culture. Danielle Wilcock sat down with native Cook Islander Vashti Aratangi, to discuss her journey and what inspired her to bring this beautifully expressive dance to the local Sunraysia community.  Pictures: Carmel Zaccone

BORN in Raratonga, Cook Islands, Vashti Aratangi moved to Melbourne with her mother and seven siblings at 11 years old.