WORLD-WIDE HULA CONFERENCE HELD ONCE EVERY FOUR YEARS BEGINS REGISTRATION
Only 1,200 slots available;
Ka`Aha Hula `O Hālauaola 2009 Hula Conference will be an extraordinary gathering. More than 100 Kumu Hula, cultural practitioners, artisans, and hula enthusiasts will share their knowledge, experience and artistry with hundreds of participants. Each day will be filled with dawn-to-dark activities for anyone interested in hula and Hawaiian culture. We are so pleased to be able to welcome all of you to O`ahu and the beauties of this island.
Lālākea Foundation is proud to host the third gathering along with Edith Kanaka`ole Foundation and Kauahea Inc. Overall Chairperson Kumu Hula Leinā`ala Kalama Heine has assembled a remarkable group of individuals who will assist in providing an exploration of Hawaiian cultural knowledge that is unequalled.
Ka`Aha Hula `O Hālauaola 2009 will provide an opportunity to explore the comprehensive insights held by the kūpuna and bring them into a daily practice. We will be filled to overflowing with those insights, understandings, and artistries which have been maintained and continued by Hawaiian cultural practitioners for hundreds of years. It is here that it is continued.
The Conference will be held July 26-31, 2009 at the Kamehameha Schools Kapālama Campus, Honolulu, O`ahu, Hawai`i. You may register now! (The Hālauaola 2009 registration module is LIVE! Classes will not be able to be selected yet but you can register for the Conference. We will only be able to register 1,200 people so be sure you register early.)
More information about classes being offered will be posted at the website as they become available.
Prepare to be welcomed onto the sands of Kakuhihewa. May Mālama’s sea provide peace and beauty, may the panorama of the Ko`olau strengthen you, and may the majesty of Ka`ala inspire you. E ola!
~from Ka `Aha Hula `O Hālauaola. For more information: www.hulaconference.org
NOTE: Opening Ceremonies Workshop for Kumu Hula and advanced students to learn oli and chants for the opening ceremonies will be held in Seattle on Feb. 14th from 8am – 4pm. More information at firstname.lastname@example.org
By Steve Kajihiro
Steve Kajihiro of Seattle went to Washington DC for the inauguration of Barack Obama. He stayed in New York City and took a flight to DC on the Big Day. Here is what he wrote on his blog:
The day started with an early morning flight from New York to Washington DC. I was re-checked by TSA at the gate due to their enhanced security to Washington for the inauguration. I arrived in DC about 7 am. As soon as the plane landed, I went straight to the Metro Station in the airport. To my surprise, the train station was empty. I hopped on the train and made it to my stop just north of the Capitol building at the Judiciary Square metro station in about 20 minutes.
The feeling to be that close and to be there at this history-making event was simply awesome. To tell you the truth, I really don't think that the significance of this event had really hit me yet. I looked around and saw millions of people everywhere. I could see people in the distance all the way to the Washington Monument, about a mile and a half away. People were standing on the statues, bushes, and walls to get a view of the President. It was an amazing site to see. As far as the actual ceremony, it was like being in the last row of a football game without binoculars. But, it really did not matter. I was there witnessing history: the first African American and Hawaii-born President getting sworn in!
Obama was like a rock star. It was simple unbelievable. He ignited the crowd with his speech and at that moment, there was a sense of hope and restored belief glowing among the crowd. It felt like this was the beginning of a new America, a start of a better economy, an America that will bring peace to this world. The TV or radio broadcast of this event will never project the energy, all of us there at the Capital or the National Mall felt. Witnessing history in person was simply priceless.
Steve Kajihiro is a graduate of Aiea High School and the University of Hawai`i. He now lives in Seattle and is owner/photographer of JAMK Photography and Island Sports Media
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