Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Come Hula - Come BE

A     L     O     H     A   !
 " The battles that count 
aren't the ones
 for gold medals. 
The struggles within yourself
 - the invisible, inevitable
 battles inside all of us - 
that's where it's at. " 

Jesse Owens

  "  What a new face
 courage puts 
on everything!  "

 Ralph Waldo Emerson

" You must look
 into other people 
as well as 
at them. "

Lord Chesterfield 

“That was a perfect set,” 
kumu hula Mapuana de Silva
told her women. . . her face glowing with pride. 
She said that she chose [Queen] Liliu‘okalani’s music
 to “celebrate the senses of love,
 its sounds, touches
 and tastes, 
and to bring the ha‘ena 
(glowing breath of life) here.” 

Hawaii Tribune Herald

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Mapuana de Silva
is just the loveliest person.

I have lived Hawaii
for almost 30 years
and have never seen her,
in a photo,
at a performance,
a weird camera angle
at a live TV event,
I have NEVER
seen Mapuana
that she is not 
smiling her sincere,
amazing SMILE.

Do an image search
on her name;
Get ready to

She is a top level
Kumu Hula
(Teacher, source,
spiritual leader-
and more!)

But it is her Aloha 
that inspires on
every level,
in all she does,
far beyond her
hula family.

I hope these
shots inspire
YOUR day!

               Warmly, cloudia


Big Sky Heidi said...

Wonderful hula dancers!

Carol said...

It would probably change our lives to smile only half as much as she ;>}

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Mapuana makes the world a happier place by her smile and her spirit.. thanks for the introduction Cloudia.

Adam said...

nice quotes

TexWisGirl said...

beautiful ladies.

Anonymous said...

Nice photos and link. I could watch them for hours. The Islands are beautiful, but it's people, their spirit and aloha make Hawaii so wonderful to visit.

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

In the islands, the hands tell the story...

Charles Gramlich said...

Definitely looks like fun!

Brian Miller said...

agree on the need to look into people as well as at allows you to see the real them....

and love the dance...

aloha from va

Giga said...

Świetne zdjęcia, miły widok na nich. Pozdrawiam.
Great pictures, nice view on them. Yours.

21 Wits said...

They sure did, even my muse is moving to a Hula. My sister-in-law brought back a little hula outfit for my daughter when she was about 2. I'll have to dig up that picture! Great memories and so much love doing the hula dance.

Filip and Kristel said...

Would like to see these dances.


Magia da Inês said...

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Post lindo!
Boa semana!
°º✿♫ Beijinhos

Cloudia said...


DeniseinVA said...

I can almost hear and feel the music.

Rick said...

1st quote - ain't THAT the truth ! And yes - very nice smiles: makes the world go 'round all that much better.

Aloha Cloudia.

Kay said...

These are such beautiful photos, Cloudia. You've really captured the beauty of the hula and the kumu hula.

Gunn said...

Thanks for the posting.

Cloudia said...

So jolly to see each of you!