The Hula Girls have become a symbol of Hawaiian culture and are often depicted in media such as movies, television series, and advertisements. This cultural portrayal contributed to the popularity of the Hula Girls and also helped raise awareness of Hawaiian culture.
In movies, the Hula Girls are often depicted in beach or vacation scenes, such as in the 1961 movie "Blue Hawaii" starring Elvis Presley. In this film, Presley stars as a young man returning to Hawaii after serving in the military, and the Hula Girls become part of the plot as he falls in love with a local singer. In the 2006 film "Hula Girls" the Hula Girls are portrayed as traditional dancers who work in a coal mine in the 1960s. The film shows how the Hula Girls helped change their community's perception of dance Hula and value their culture.
The Hula Girls have also been featured in television series, such as the Hawaiian crime series "Hawaii Five-0", which aired from 1968 to 1980, as well as in its 2010 revival. In the series, the Hula Girls appear often as dancers in party scenes or in clubs. In the Netflix series "Queen's Gambit", the Hula Girls appear in a scene where the protagonist learns about Hawaiian culture during a trip to Honolulu.
In advertisements, the Hula Girls have been used to sell products such as cars or tourist products. In the advertisement for the Citroën C3 Aircross, the Hula Girls are depicted dancing on the dashboard of the car, reminiscent of the spirit of vacation and relaxation associated with Hawaiian culture.
These cultural performances can contribute to the popularity of Hula Girls and awareness of Hawaiian culture. By highlighting the Hula Girls in the media, these film productions, television series and advertisements help introduce Hawaiian culture to the general public, and raise awareness of the Hula dance.