Standing Rock Cultural Arts presents
“Make it Go Round” Hula Hoop Workshop
-Learn how to make a hula hoop
-Start from scratch
-Create Your Own To Take Home
Saturday August 14, 3:30-5:30pm
-The Yard next to The North Water Street Gallery.
-257 N. Water St.
-after the Hula Hoop demo at The Old Fashioned Ice Cream
Social at The
Home Savings Plaza from 2:30-3pm.
-a possible second workshop will be held Wednesday, August 18,
there’s enough interest. (Time TBA).
FEE: $25 per participant
-includes your own finished hula hoop ready to take home!
INSTRUCTOR: Emily Parker.
-call Emily for more Info. 330-673-5955
SIGN-UP CONTACT: 330-673-4970. Pre Registration required.
THE HISTORY OF THE HULA HOOP
Thousands of years have passed since the first hula-hoop came
being. Unlike the modern version, which is made of plastic, the
hula-hoops were essentially made from the more earthy materials
wood, grass and vines. Bamboo and metal hula-hoops were also in
The dried grapevines were twisted into circular hoops, which were
around the waist, but some pulled the hoops along the ground with
help of a stick. In England both adults and kids were crazy about
hooping and the result of enthusiastic hooping was in some cases
dislocated back or a heart attack.
The origin of the hula-hoop’s nomenclature is interesting.
British sailors chose to visit the Hawaiian Islands in the nineteenth
century, they discovered that the popular hula dancing of the
the way the hoop was swung around the body was almost similar.
“hula” in the Hawaiian language refers to dance. Thus
the hoop came to
be known as hula-hoop.
Wooden Hula Hoops were introduced in Australian stores in 1957
they proved to be a popular exercise tool in schools. Richard
and Arthur K. Melvin of Wham-O, a fledgling California toy manufacturer,
soon took notice of the Hula Hoop craze and began selling plastic
in the United States. Within four months, twenty-five million
had been sold! For the true origin of the Hula Hoop, however,
delve much deeper in history. Thousands of years ago, children
ancient Egypt were known to play a similar game with large hoops
dried grapevines which they propelled along the ground with a
swung around the waist.
An Australian company took advantage of the craze and began making
hula-hoops out of wood. Not to be outdone a Californian manufacturer
–Richard P. Knerr and Arthur K. Melvin manufactured a lighter
the hoop using materials like plastic. They also made it in various
colors. They managed to sell almost 20 million hoops. Wham-o as
company was called priced the hula-hoop at about $2 and made a
within six months. This was in the year 1958. Like any other fad,
craze died down in the sixties, but because fitness has now become
watchword, it is still used in many parts of the world.
The hula-hoop became so popular that many competitions were held.
criteria were set for the marathon records and the number of people
participated was amazing. The hula-hoop had to be continuously
in the area between the shoulders and the hips. This called for
concentration and control of body and mind. The competitor had
that the hoop did not go above the shoulders or below the hip
the hoop had commenced spinning, the hand could not touch it.
were allowed. Since hula hooping was known to trigger off heart
or dislocated backs, the competition was always held in the presence
the medical fraternity.
The craze for hula hooping may not be as intense as it was in
and nineteenth century, but one cannot deny the fascination that
simple sport has. It keeps the ugly bulges at bay and is also
form of positive entertainment.