Weekend Updates (ft. Hula!)

Aloha mai kākou! Happy Sunday, everyone! 🙂 I hope you all are having a magnificent day!

This weekend is a busy one filled with what I love to do – dance hula. I started my weekend with my hula sisters last night at Ka Makana Aliʻi dancing alongside three other hula hālau to celebrate the CD release of Kumu Hula Leato S. Savini. It was lovely celebrating that moment through hula and mele, and I enjoyed performing with my hula sisters! (the majority I only see at performances) We also said our final “a hui hou” to my kumu’s daughter, Piʻi, as she and her family will be starting their new chapter of their lives in Las Vegas. I had always looked up to her from the time I had entered my first hula competition with her when I was five years old. In fact, I still look up to her this very day! It was such an honor to share the stage with her one last time as she performed her final “farewell” hula. I wish them the best of luck and hope for safe travels!

Another highlight last night was seeing my best friend, Ashley, and her mom, Aunty Desi, at the performance! I rarely ever tell my friends about my hula performances because I had never thought it was a huge deal. However, it’s always nice to have familiar faces in the audience, and it had truly brightened my night knowing they would be there!

Today will be another long day as my hula sisters and I will be performing at Lanikuhonua for a pāʻū unit fundraiser. I’ve always enjoyed performing there because it is truly a beautiful place – both physically and spiritually. Physically for beautiful greenery, gorgeous sunsets, and cool night breezes. Spiritually for soul-touching music, shared laughter, and beautiful souls gathering in the same place. There is always that feeling of aloha when you are gathered at Lanikuhonua. I will definitely take some pictures while I am there so you all can see the beauty of this place!

For those who have been having busy weekends like myself, I hope today brings some moments of relaxation (or at least some moments to just stop and breathe) 🙂

Me ke aloha,
Mauri

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