This entry is dedicated to my hula 'ohana back home. I miss and love you all. 'Eo Nā Wai Ola, Kū!
Today was incredible to say the least.
You don't know what it is like to be a hula po'e (hula person) and not dance for 2 weeks. It feels like a part of you is missing, like someone ripped out your heart. Hearing the ipu and feeling the mana flowing through you is truly an indescribable feeling. I feel whole again.
Today we taught a great group of haumana (students) in Barcelona. Some spoke a little English, but some none at all, our common language was hula. Let me tell you, once you get the mana flowing through you, there are no barriers.
It was so refreshing being able to share with people that love dancing, the culture and the mana (energy, spirit) of hula. Our hosts, Keanu and Tiare, were very welcoming and grateful. I am looking forward to our lunch on Tuesday. E Hawai'i 'Akea was the kahiko chosen to teach as Mark has been trying to premiere the movie, The Haumana, in Barcelona for some time. The 'auana taught was Hawaiian Rhumba which was choreographed just before leaving home for the combined group competing in November.
I am grateful to have represented Hālau Nā Wai Ola as our lineage is shared and spread across the world.
Me ke aloha,