It begins, says the chant, on Moloka'i. Here, in a place called Kā'ana on the heights of Mauna Loa, lived a woman named La'ila'i. Arriving in the 6th century, the Polynesian brought a potent form of storytelling from her home island, one that twined chanting and dance like vines. Her art—the hula—passed through five generations of her family. Laka, a member of that fifth generation, was inspired to spread the art beyond her island home.