Lilo and her classmates are preparing for a hula competition where the winner gets to perform at the local May Day festival. Each student is required to create an original dance. While preparing for the competition, Stitch's past comes back to haunt him. It seems that after Stitch was created, Jumba did not get a chance to fully charge Stitch's molecules before they were both arrested. At first this glitch causes Stitch to revert to his old destructive programming, but it will ultimately destroy him if Jumba cannot create a charging pod before Stitch's energy runs out.
Meanwhile, Stitch's uncontrollable destructive behavior is driving a wedge between him and Lilo and ruining her chances for success at the hula competition. Eventually, the two devise a hula based on the legend of Hi'iaka. Lilo gets mad at Stitch and he sends himself away so he won't hurt anyone he loves. Ultimately, Lilo forfeits the competition to help Stitch. Unfortunately, they arrive just as Stitch begins to die. They try to give him energy using the machine but it fails and Stitch dies. However Lilo's love ends up reviving him where the machine could not.