Hawaiian Joys!

SHADOWS OF CREVICES CARVED INTO PALI CLIFFS ON WINDWARD OAHUHawaiʻi is the fount of sensuous joy!

The joy of singing, of mele, of chants, any occasion serving as a good excuse to sing!  Singing is a part of ordinary Hawaiian life and not reserved solely for some special event, although special events have their own song and music;

The joy of the hula, of talking story with the whole body, the joy of motion, of posture, of the movement of skirts echoing the body’s sway, the joy of traditional hula kahiko and of modern hula ʻauana, although both employ traditional gestures and movements;

SUNLIGHT CATCHING RED GINGER BLOOMS AT FORT DERUSSY PARK IN WAIKIKIThe joy of flowers with their riotous color and bewitching fragrance.  The joy of tuberose (kupalo), Pīkake, plumeria, passionflower, ginger, gardenia, pua male;

The joy of lūʻau, of using eating as an excuse to bring people together.  The joy of fueling relationships through the offering of food, the impossibility of having a lūʻau with only one person;

The joy of ʻOhana, of belonging to others.  The joy of primary lifelong relationships, the joy of having ancestors;

TARO PATCH BELOW MOUNT WAI'ELE'ELEThe soft sensuous joy of the trade winds;

The joy of waterfalls, of tall ones plunging hundreds of feet, and of short ones with the soft shushing sound of their fall;

The joy of Hawaiian mountains, with their distant corduroy-like texture;

The joy of the lava daily creating more Hawaiʻi, creating more joy.

Kahuna-pule Kimo

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