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just the two of them. That blossomed into Explorations all across the state, and so I really feel my mom’s presence when I look at these kids.” A blessing shower of rain begins to fall on the glistening green of Keauhou. It’s only Thursday but the expectation over Saturday night’s hō‘ike is palpable. Hō’ike means “show or revelation.” As I wonder what Lono and Laka Kaliko Beamer-Trapp teaches both Hawaiian will reveal on language class and beginning ‘ukulele. – Saturday night, Photo by Karen Valentine the sun sets and a rainbow rises to surprise us. The whole western sky glows in streams of purple, rose and gold.

Friday: Pō‘alima (poh ah-lee-mah)

The dappled light of another day in paradise awakens, warm but clear, blue and fresh. Cool breezes flow down from Hualalai and late afternoon showers chase away any remnants of tropical lassitude during this day of preparation for Hō‘ike. Everyone lets the mana flow and the body remember what its cells have absorbed all week.

Saturday: Pō‘aono (poh ah-o-no)

RESOURCES: Aloha Music Camp c/o Mohala Hou Foundation ~ www.alohamusiccamp.com ~ Phone: 1.808.531.6617. The Mohala Hou Foundation offers programs to expand Hawaiian cultural understanding and practice through “Guitars in the Classroom” and a scholarship program for kumu, kūpuna and Hawaiian youth to attend Aloha Music Camp ~ www.maholohou.org. Winter Camp is scheduled for February, 2012 Read more about www.kbeamer.com and www.konaweb.com Contact writer Marya Mann at marya.mann@gmail.com.

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How beautiful Hō‘ike is! Nobody knows what’s going to happen. Newly crafted ‘ukulele and ipu heke are displayed. Their proud creators grin. Flowers in hair, aloha shirts, ti leaf lei. Audience and performers, everyone is talking story. Drenched in pleasure, we watch as the liquid fire of strings, the cool tones of ipu and a breath of fresh aloha takes the stage. Bravaloha! Something magnificent glows inside the students, the teachers, the expectant audience members. A light behind the eyes, the secret gleam of sonic ecstasy. When neurons switch into their naturally pono positions, is that beaming a state we could actually call a “beamer”? Expanded smell, sight, touch, taste, sound and feeling. A field beyond words. That’s why we make music and dance! ❖

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September-October 2011