Sunday, October 23, 2011

Ho`ike 2011 Halau Ka Lei Mokihana O Leina` ala

Last night we went to a ho'ike (hula performance) for the hula halau that I am going to start learning hula at.  Hundreds of people were there to watch!  We were surprised at what a big turn-out there was.  Before the performance started there were vendors selling jewelry, dresses, and flowers to wear in your hair.  I picked out a flower!  Then we bought some kalua pork and rice for dinner (that is a pretty typical thing to eat here).

The beginning part of the performance was a Tahitian dance.  It was awesome!  Then the hula dancers began.  There were literally dancers of all ages, from 4 years old all the way up to over 70!  All of the costumes were beautiful, and everyone wore flowers and leis.  There were flower-printed dresses, brightly colored skirts with leotards, grass skirts, and more.  Some of the students performed solos, but most of the dances were done as a group.  The second half the program was a Hawaiian music concert, some of the songs were song in Hawaiian and some were in English.  We had a great time!  I'm looking forward to starting classes.  To get some extra practice, my coworker and I are going to start dancing hula on Friday's with the kids at school.  The hula teacher has always welcomed us to participate, but I haven't wanted to by myself, but together it will be fun!

-Emilie

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