Beach Walk 760 – Hula Lesson with Lopaka

We’re on Maui for the Celebration of the Arts at the Ritz-Carlton Kapalua. Come take a hula lesson with us from Kumu Hula Lopaka Bukoski.

I was hired by the Maui Visitors Bureau to assemble a team of new media bloggers and podcasters to participate in a week-long press trip to Maui. You are the lucky beneficiaries! In this first episode, filmed on-site at the Ritz-Carlton Kapalua, you get to meet my kumu hula, or hula teacher, Lopaka Bukoski. I think you will be mesmerized by his knowledge, his lyrical use of Hawaiian chanting and language, and of course by the dancing! In Hawaiʻi, many of the kumu are men, and just like in this class, both men and women are hula practitioners. By the way, you can see the staff of the Ritz-Carlton performing in the lobby especially for this weekend of Hawaiian culture at the end of this episode.

Learn more about the Celebration of the Arts here, and please go explore the VisitMauiBlog for more stories, photos, and videos of our week on Maui. It is the perfect way to spend a little time on Maui and to plan your next vacation or business retreat. Mahalo nui to the Maui Visitors Bureau for inviting us to be their guests.

Hawaiian word:
Hula: dance

This episode was sponsored by the Maui Visitors Bureau.

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Beach Walk 628R – May Day is Lei Day

I present to you a Beach Walks classic, featured hula dancers and leis at Kapiʻolani Park. Music, dancing, and plenty of Aloha for you.

Maybe this year we will be able to create the world’s largest lei? Mahalo to Neenz for telling me about this! Follow her link to read more about leis and hula. And visit SmallBiz Survival to join Becky McCray and BarbaraKB‘s in using May Day as Talk to Your Neighbor Day.

Update: I fixed BarbaraKB’s spelling.

Hawaiian word:
Lei: garland, wreath

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Beach Walk 174 – Leave shyness at home.

In the Hawaiian dictionary at the end of the definitions for hula, is this fine message: leave shyness at home.

h3. About Today’s Show

Please join me and Lana tonight for our first ever hula lesson. Hula is an ancient Hawaiian tradition, and as such, there are many protocols associated with it. One is that the teachings of the hālau are private and not to be shared in public. You do get to enjoy the dancing however!

Here is the music of Kealiʻi Reichel.

Hawaiian words
Hālau: longhouse for canoes or hula
ʻĪlio: dog
Meli: honey
ʻaʻa i ka hula, waiho i ka hilahila i ka hale: Dare to hula, leave shyness at home

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Beach Walk 137 – 2005 Flashback

Here’s a scenic tour of Windward Oahu from way back in June, 2005.

h3. About Today’s Show

The footage I was planning to use for today’s show did not work out, and we didn’t know that until late. (We usually edit at night, between 10 -11:30 pm, after the work is done.) Not to worry though! We are featuring an flashback from June 2005, with a short movie Secret Cameraman and I made visiting Blow Hole and one of our favorite beaches nearby. Of course, there is some good footage of Lexi, and cool music too.

Hawaiian words
Kalaiwa: to drive a car

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Beach Walk 70 – May Day, Lei Day

Today is Lei Day, with lots of lei wearing, lei making contests, and plenty of hula and mele.

Today’s show is from Kapi’iolani Park, just across the road from the beach in Waikiki. Enjoy some affection and aloha from me and the keiki as they dance!

Hawaiian words
Mele: music, chant
Keiki: children
Kupuna: grandparent, ancestor

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