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Poetry in Motion

Posted on May 5, 2013

by Dr. Edna Hussey on May 5, 2013

DSC_2991.JPGHana hou! Hana hou! (encore! encore!) Without a doubt, the highlight of our learning this past week was bringing together our singing, movements, gestures, words, cultural knowledge, and sense of audience in the May Day performance. Kani Ka Pila was joyous, fast-paced, high energy, and so much fun for all the performers, and we hope equally so for the audience. In the spirit of hana hou, this blog is a collage of photos, courtesy of Scot Allen (MPI Communications), interwoven with the lyrics from Haole Hula (written R. Alex Anderson). Its poetic language and vivid imagery capture the many reasons we are blessed to live in Hawai`i. If you dwell but a moment on the poetic images, youʻll understand why I encouraged music teacher Diane Koshi to teach this mele to the children. Combined with the hula and melody -- memorable!

Oh when I hear the strains of that sweet Alekoki
And stealing from afar of guitar Penei Mo . . .
When Lili`u e makes you sway in the moonlight
I know the reason why fair Hawai`i haunts you so

DSC_2908.JPGThe lovely blue of sky and the sapphire of ocean
The flashing white of cloud and of waves foaming crest
The many shades of green from the plain to the mountain
With all the brightest hues of the rainbow we're blest


I hear the swish of rain as it sweeps down the valleyDSC_2930.JPG
I hear the song of wind as it sighs through the trees
I hear the crash of waves on the rocks and the beaches
I hear the hissing surf and the boom of the seas


DSC_3021.JPGI love to dance and sing of the charms of Hawai`i
And from a joyful heart sing Aloha to you

In every note I'll tell of the spell of my islands
For then I know that you'll be in love with them too




For our children,

Edna L. Hussey