WAIKIKI, Hawaii -- Serious students of hula have a choice of 30 or so hula schools on the island of Oahu. But would-be hula girls and boys who are short on time head over to the Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center, where Lee Pua-Keala Mann teaches novices to express concepts like "beach boy sweet" and "little grass shack" with a mere twitch of the hip or a sweep of the arm.
The mall's Orchid Court is packed on a recent Monday morning with tourists who form nice, orderly rows, waiting for class to begin. Some are months-long visitors and hula fans who return to the mall week after week for the lessons.
The music starts -- "Oh we're going to a hukilau. . . ."
Hips start shaking. Arms start waving. It isn't always a pretty sight, but Ms. Mann is patient, and she is kind.