The Hula was once abolished from the public eye. Missionaries in the 1920's s, shared their opinions on Hula, saying it was offensive and suggested Hawaiians rid their "heathen" past. The Hula wasn't seen in public for some 50 years. Thankfully, it was still practiced in private hiding from those that opposed it. It was Hawaii's last king, King Kalakaua who restored Hula and encouraged it to be performed for numerous public occasions. It began with his 50th birthday celebration and lasted over two weeks with Hula as the main source of entertainment. He was truly a Merrie Monarch.