Hey guys, big BIG day today!
I’ve been doing extra weekend hula practices for the past few weeks in preparation for this concert and I can’t believe it’s actually here!
We had double shows today, one at 3pm and one at 8pm, so it was a long one. Luckily, I adore my halau so it’s a pleasure to hang out with them all day.
And I had lots of help to calm my nerves and get ready to dance. Here’s Ho’okele and I right before our first performance. We had SO MUCH stage makeup on.
We performed 2 songs each concert: 1) Ka Pili Oha 2) Ka’ena Medley.
I’ve loved Hi’ikua for a while and was super jazzed to do Ka Pili Oha, which is an absolutely beautiful song.
Ka’ena Medley was a new one to me, much faster paced, an it was an instrument combination number. Half of us used ‘uli’uli and the other half pu’ili. It was rockin’!
Some of my other lovely hula sisters from Papa ‘Ilima:
The guys from Hi’ikua came to hang out with us in between shows and shared some knowledge. It was so nice to hear local people speak again. We certainly have a particular accent that is so recognizable and is one of the things I miss the most living in California.
They’re all very well spoken and well educated, and said some really touching things. I got emotional (of course) when they started talking about taking care of your family and making time for them in your life.
Sensitive subject for me!
The second show was a lot calmer after talking story with them, as we were all thinking about the personal significance of the songs we were performing.
Manunui and I are no longer big concert virgins!
No time for cooking toady, but it was awesome none the less!
You can check out Hi’ikua and their music here: