“…the joy of having ancestors…”
Hawaiʻi 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;
The 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…
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