In 2000, my parents called me and my sister into their room at The Hilo Hawaiian. It was auwana Saturday of Merrie Monarch. They announced to us that we should now be in charge of the class we were in, #Nohonani , and that we should now be responsible for our Merrie Monarch performances. There wasn’t a, “Would you like to?” or a “Please?” We were basically told to do it. I asked my dad if he was still going to do the #costumes , still going to sing and both of my parents told us they would of course be there to support us. We talked about how the structure of the #hālau would remain the same, that they would still be listed as the #kumu . I was relieved! As the older sister, I was put in charge but reminded to always include my sister.
Over the next year, I read, studied, prayed on the #song and chant choices. When I created the #choreography , I thought of how my grandma would do it, but with the flare of #Olana . My mom and dad together created the #costume design. We worked on the musical arrangement together and it was #beautiful ! This performance was EVERYTHING. It’s my favorite. My favorite because it’s my expression of three generations culminating on the stage. Every step, hand gesture and look was considered. Not to my liking, but to what my teacher and her teacher would do. Not to what the seven selected on the panel would approve of, but if my mom and grandma did. And they did. All of them.
My hula #legacy is so #precious to me. It goes back more than three #generations but I saw my grandma dance. I danced with her and my mom. I know what they felt like, moved like, dancing in a trio, on the sides of me. Much like these three in the photograph.
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