Thursday, May 15, 2008

Halau Hula 'O Kawailiula 'Auana

From the Merrie Monarch 2003 Hula competition. I think this is the loveliest of the hulas, except for my godmother Aunt Maggie Silva's. When we were small, she used to teach us the dance. She danced for Granny, who was a highly esteemed dancer in Maui like she was.

There are Christian hula groups, including Ohana Praise from Saddleback Church in California that has seen their "Island Style Worship" of Jesus Christ turn into an evangelical outreach as they tour internationally. You can check out the performance to "Amazing Grace" by Chris Tomlin that was used in the movie:

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