Nov. 10 —HE TALL-MASTED SAILING SHIPS are gone but the legacy of hula remains. The king and queen are gone. The missionaries are gone. Numerous flowing streams are gone. The ancient temples are overgrown or gone. The taro patches are few and far between. What remains in full flower is hula, both the kahiko (ancient) hula and ‘auana (modern). EXERPT FROM THE FORTHCOMING BOOK. VOICES OF MAUI BEYOND THE BEACH. SCROLL DOWN FOR MORE.
This is particularly true on Maui, with a Lahaina native son, kumu hula and recording artist Keali‘i Reichel and his Halau Ke‘alaokamaile winning in both the kahiko and ‘auana competitions for women and overall wahine honors at the annual Merrie Monarch Festival in 2011 in Hilo. The Maui News called the wins “unprecedented.”
Just what does it take to become an accomplished hula dancer?
Answer from those passionate about hula: years of study and practice, knowledge of both the Hawaiian language and the inner meaning of Hawaiian mele (songs) and chants, and most of all dedication.
To learn the authentic hula of old Hawaii or the modern, dancing it has to become an obsession for haumana (students) of Kumu Hula Keili’i Reichel, the demanding teacher of hula says.
Let’s listen, via scribbled notes (no tape recording allowed), as the kumu instructed his dancers on the beginning “grounding position” at one of the first classes.
“Everything starts from here with flat feet,” said the kumu, pointing to the ground. “Feet flat, toes touching each other, shoulders and body relaxed, arms extended.
“You don’t take big steps. You will lose control of your body if you do. Check the position of your feet. Use your extended arm to bring yourself around. You need to control your body from the tips of your toes. That is the name of the game—control. “Up and down, up and down.
KA’ANAPALI, The blogger returns to daily blotting, today celebrating a collection of the the best photos of Ka’anapali Beach. The blogger has been missing in action working on his latest book. VOICES OF MAUI TALK STORY DIGITAL PHOTO COLLECTION SPANNING 40 YEARS ON KAANAPALI AND IN MAUI
KA-ANAPALI, OCT 3. (delayed post for technical reasons) Some 100 men last week walk in high heels in the fourth annual event for Women Helping Women. Exclusive birdseye via of the scene (no drone, just standing on Leila second floor. see slide show below
VOICES OF MAUI TALK STORY, LLC PHOTOS .Watch for my new book coming soon.
OCTOBER 3, LAHAINAS–See you Saturday about 8;30 a.m At Whalers Village Kaanapali for fun day of walking in high heels for Women Helping Women and great music by Ray Chin’s band in one of its last appearances. SEE MULTIPLE PHOTOS BELOW. OF WHAT TO EXPECT. Watch the blogger in his third annual appearance. REMEMBER THAT VOICES OF MAUI HAS THE LARGEST COLLECTION OF PHOTOS OF WORTHWHILE ORGANIZATIONS ANYWHERE AVAILABLE FOR USE BY WORTHY CAUSES.
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Norm Bezane, Lahaina News columnist whose Voices of Maui recently was recognized as a finalist for best column in Hawaii by the Society of Progressional journalists in Honolulu, will make a guest appearance at 5 PM HAWAII TIME SUNDAY ON CHICAGO WGN radio, a 5o,o00 watt clear channel station heard throughout the midwest and on line. The appearance culminates a three month visit to hometown Chicago.
Bezane will be inteviewed on topics ranging from his new book “Voices of Aloha Beyond the Beach” and what it is like to live in paradise.
Bezane met host Rick Kogan, a Chicago Tribune feature writer at the Newberry Library Book Fair , which also featured stump speeches at historic Bughouse Square where locals could once rant and rave about politics, striking workers and other hot topics.
Bezane has been in Chicago the last three months, writing an occasional column for Lahaina News, spending time with family and disposing of a lifetime of things including 21 boxes of books from a recently sold small apartment. Highlights;
Lahaina–June 28–Today’s challenge. Simply say what these people did to deserve leis and win a free book shipped to you. If you live on the Continent and you can guess you win two books. If you are local, just one since you should be able to figure this out. If you belong to this international organization, you are not eligible to win unless the author through the kindness of his heart lets you. Email your answers to email@example.com First to answer the question correctly gets the 144 page book, Voices of Aloha. Best of luck, and aloha. Of course, if there would be a pic, this would help. VOICES OF MAUI TALK STORY, LLC.
Lahaina, June 22–:From Kamehameha to Kaanapali” will be the topic of a photo talk Tuesday at 7.a.m qt the Rotary Club of Lahaina Sunrise meeting at Pioneer Inn by author Norm Bezane, you blogger featuring some … photos taken over 40 years.
The Lahaina News columnist, introducing his new book, Voices of Aloha Beyond the Beach will quickly sketch four centuries of history and then focus on change in Kaanapali and the remarkable people of aloha who have made Maui, Maui.
Visitors are welcome. Entrance fee is $10, which includes an excellent breakfast among the items Eggs Benedict with mahi. Meeting will conclude at 8 a.m. sharp. Info 667-0589