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!