hula performance

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The dancers are practising
They dance to an ancient song

I was in Hawai’i last week and I had an amazing time watching hula performances while I was there! They even invited us to learn some of the basic steps in hula and of course I volunteered!

So here’s the result: I was inspired by the stories (mele) and gracefulness of the dancers which is why I wanted to do a Moana shoot based on that!

Mahalo, Hawai’i, for your hospitality! 

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Stuff has been getting to me lately so I want to show you guys an authentic hula performance. It’s just so annoying to see people do some stupid hollywood version of the hula when it is such an important part of the culture, and so much goes into it. Those costumes and head pieces and leis were probably all made by the dancers themselves, and in a halau being in sync is vital, and the night before a performance they all have to braid their hair and then brush it out right before the performance to get it that way- they all have to look the same, in appearance and choreography. And that hollywood version of the outfit is so stupid, look at these beautiful outfits. So much work and love and pride goes into this dance and then people mock it and the culture. I just wish people cared more.

There was a commercial on TV where these two white girls put a “little hula girl” dance figurine on the dashboard of their car, and it’s just so urgh. Frustrating. Nobody would put a little Mexican figurine in a sombrero on their dashboard (but I did just watch a Party City commercial selling “Mexican” decorations and sombreros for Cinco De Mayo like come on guys). And that new “Aloha” movie coming out- starring all white actors on the Hawaiian islands, doing nothing that has to do with Hawaii, just using it as a prop. And all these rich white people travelling to Hawaii for funsies then coming back saying, “I loved Hawaii, the hotel was beautiful, but those natives are so mean, they are only nice if you are paying them for something” Hm I fucking wonder why- maybe because their land was taken from them and now they are forced to work in these swanky hotels while they live in squalor and have to perform their own sacred cultural dances for these rich tourists’ entertainment. This rant got longer than I wanted so I’ll end it there.

Just please stop mocking the Hawaiian culture.

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Ke Kali Nei Au

“Cry for the gods, cry for the people
Cry for the land that was taken away
And then yet you’ll find, Hawai'I”
Hawai’i 78’ -Israel Kamakawiwo'ole

for @itsaconquestofimagination : Hello my lovely mutual! May I request a drabble or hc’s (whichever you prefer) of Kylo and reader going on their honeymoon in Hawaii?

Warning pure fluff ahead!


Kylo found himself nervous once again for the thousandth time in a span of a few days, he still couldn’t comprehend that the woman he had loved for so long was now his wife and shared his last name. Now you two were in line for security at the airport early in the AM, about to start your lovely honeymoon in Hawai’i. It was a gift from his parents, and though he didn’t really want to have it coming from them he couldn’t help but be excited.

He had never been to Hawai’i and after hearing and seeing pictures from you he really wanted to go (you had some relatives there). He ran his thumb over your hand, smiling when he felt your wedding ring, you were his and now you were about to go to one of the most beautiful places in a world, he had to be dreaming.

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Playing with our LED hoops by the sea. 

Find me on Facebook #hoopnosis and share the hoop love.

#hooplove #myobsession #thathoopgirl

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So this is a quick tutorial on a move I havent seen anyone play with yet, so im calling them leg folds!!!!

Enjoy!! <3

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Hula-Hooping in a Niqab: @balqis_alrashed’s Twirling Art

#MyStory is a series that spotlights inspiring women in the Instagram community. Join the conversation by sharing your own story. To see more of Balqis’ art and hula-hooping performances, follow @balqis_alrashed on Instagram.

“#MyStory is about play. Being free and experimental and seeing the world with a fresh perspective.” —Balqis AlRashed (@balqis_alrashed), a visual artist and graphic designer from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

“I was attempting to get out of my comfort zone. Hula-hoop class sounded like a good idea, something I would never do willingly. But I’ve been hooping ever since. You have to be in the moment when you’re in the hoop or it will not stick to your waist. It seems like it’s a plastic circle that won’t have any power to transform you physically and mentally and energetically, but it changed the way I talked to myself. I started encouraging myself to learn and play versus me being perfect and better than anyone in the room. That’s what I love about the hoop. Once I’m in there, I feel like I enter a space where there’s no judgment, no resistance to anything or anyone or any thought.

When I created the niqab hoop series, I was inspired to combine the practice of play and the physical constraint of the veil. It’s shocking but enchanting. I feel like I’m always boldly walking on eggshells.”

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65 degrees in january :))) why I love Tennessee sometimes <3

Hooping in front of beautifully mystical Stone Hedge, Spring 2014

I drove down with two beautiful soul friends to this sacred site earlier this year. I had the most ineffable experience during my travels, this photo reminds me of the wonderful experiences that day in the countryside. If you haven’t heard of the plethora of sacred sites in England, do look into it or better visit! I hope to return back to the stones on summer solstice, one of the only days of the year you’re able to walk through and touch them. For now I can totally appreciate my trip and chance to give the tourist a tiny show! 

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Hula Costumes

Because of the appropriation of the Hula many believe that the hula attire are coconut bras and grass skirts which isn’t only racist but very very wrong and misinforming of hula & Hawaiian culture.

We take many many months in getting our hula costumes ready with plucking our own flowers and making our own leis to making the pa'u skirts. The design of the dancer’s costume is an integral part of the hula. The process is long before we perform. 

This video goes into a little of what we go through as Hula dancers to make our attire