If there was a group of us neighborhood girls getting together, we could hula hoop in a cluster, talking, laughing, and just hanging out. Sometimes we gathered in the street with the hoops because there was plenty of unobstructed open space, and only an occasional car passed by. We challenged each other to see who could hoop the longest. Most of the time we were in dresses, so they were an accepted excuse for fall out. There were other challenges as well, such as hooping on an arm or a leg or your neck. Using multiple hoops was also tried. You could also use a hoop like a jump rope, swinging it vertically around your body. I was a one of the taller kids so I had to really cramp down to do this.
-using a hoop dates back at least one thousand years to ancient Egypt and Greece where coiled reeds and grapevines were used for play and exercise;
-Native Americans used hoops in their interpretive dances;
-Wham-O American entrepreneurs may have copied the Australian bamboo version of the hoop toy;
-Wham-O sold 100 million hoops the first year. They sold for $1.98 each;
-some countries such as Indonesia considered the hoops improper and banned them;
-the fad died out and has been revitalized at least three times since the late '50s;
-a popular potato snack treat in the UK is Hula Hoops in a variety of flavors.
"The Lord says: “I will return to Zion and dwell in Jerusalem. Then Jerusalem will be
called the Faithful City...Once again men and women of ripe old age will sit in the streets
of Jerusalem, each of them with cane in hand because of their age. The city streets
will be filled with boys and girls playing there.” Zechariah 8