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Hula Performance

Teens express their love for Hawaiian culture High school students from Ke Kula ‘O Nawahiokalaniopu’u traveled far from the Big Island to perform hula dances at BYU-Hawaii campus. The free performance brought in a large crowd that required more chairs to be added in the Aloha Center Ballroom as the throng continued to grow throughout the performance. The performance was based on the transition of Hula, through Kahiko which is the ancient style of Hula, up to the more modern style called Auana. Performers only used the Hawaiian language as they conveyed the beauty of the two hula forms. BYUH’s Dr. Fermantez from Hauula coordinated much of the performance. He said, “I was impressed. They had a lot of different styles of hula and were very professional for high school students.” Ke Kula ‘O Nawahiokalaniopu’u is unique because the Hawaiian language is used in their school. According to their website, their school motto is, “Ke Kula ‘O Nawahiokalaniopu’u is committed to securing a school community built upon culturally rooted principles that reflect love of spirituality, love of family, love of language, love of knowledge, love of land, love of fellow man,

Above: Ke Kula ‘O Nawahiokalaniopu’u High School encourages “culturally rooted principles” and use of the Hawaiian language photo by Mei Yin

and love of all people.” This motto was evident during their presentation of the Hawaiian culture through hula. Stephanie Craft, a sophomore majoring in math and from Oregon, said, “It was a good experience to come and see this performance. I have been interested even more in Hawaiian culture since I am taking Hawaiian Studies this semester. I enjoyed the dancing and chanting. They were a talented group.” Tess Harris, a senior majoring in HTM and from Carlsbad, said, “I really enjoyed watching Ke Kula ‘O Nawahiokalaniopu’u perform. It was a great representation of Hawaiian culture. It was great to have them speak in Hawaiian. Although I could not understand it, you could feel what they were saying and what their intent was.”

-Lisa Tu ttle

JUNE 7, 2012

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June 7, 2012  

Political science Washington DC trip

June 7, 2012  

Political science Washington DC trip