Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Poliahu and Pele - Backdrop for Hula Performance in Japan

On May 25th, Kumu Hula Keala Ching had his first concert in Tokyo. He has been my Kumu for 7 years, sharing his knowledge of Hula me and my Hula sisters. I deeply respect him and am happy to support his teachings and work in the preservation of Hawaiian culture.

The concert was to commemorate the release of Ms. Rolinda Bean’s debut CD. Ms. Rolinda Bean is from Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. Rolinda and Kumu Keala have dedicated their time to preserving and passing down traditional Hawaiian Hula and Hawaiian culture.

This concert was one-of-a-kind event. The audience enjoyed beautiful Hawaiian songs and traditional Hawaiian Hula that truly evoked the spirit of Hawaiian gods and nature throughout the room.

I was asked to bring my thangkas of Pele and Poliahu to adorn the stage. It was an honor for our halau to preform in Japan as our halau has many Japanese members. It was a proud moment for me to see my thangkas brought to life through the brilliant choreography and dance performance.





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