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