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 757 – Waves Washing Over Us

This walk on the beach in Maui is a type of shadow play and a rare glimpse of seeing Secret Cameraman at work!

This is a little venture into avante garde film-making, as the camera perspective and what you see on screen is a bit unusual. No talking, just walking and some gorgeous waves here to wash away whatever shadows may be dogging any of us. On a side note, I had the most fun interview ever with Dave Moyer and Kym Huynh of Wordcast Conversations and they got me all energized to post a new episode! I’ll post the link to it when it goes live.

Please visit Kenneth Makuakane’s web site to learn more about his new CD, The Dash. I think his music works perfectly in this episode and he is so generous to share it with us.

Hawaiian word:
hoʻoaka: to cast a shadow

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Beach Walk 756 – The Energy of Language

Does this story feel good? It pays to pay attention to the words coming out of your mouth.

We use words all day everyday yet rarely stop to feel the energy they pack. I think it is the energy that causes confusion, less than the definition sometimes. We assume others think words feel the same way but they often don’t! We assume that a “story is just a story” but it’s not! It is also the energy from that story. I aim for feel-good energy, so that determines what stories I choose to tell or not these days. What about you? Does re-telling that story, no matter how righteous, make you feel bettor or worse? If you connect with the energy, it may influence where your mouth and mind go today.

Here’s an old episode on Making up stories

Hawaiian word:
Moʻolelo: story

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Beach Walk 754 – Big Beach, Little Beach

Big Beach, Little Beach; big ideas, small details. We are on a business retreat on Maui, staying at the Hotel Wailea, and filming at Big Beach/Little Beach.

At home we have a small place with low ceilings, and no view. At the Hotel Wailea, we have a large room, high ceilings, and an incredible view! The shift in our thinking as a result in the shift in our environment is providing a contrast that was long overdue for us. It reminds me of the value of alternating between big view and little view.

Hawaiian word:
ʻIkena: view, scenery, knowledge

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Beach Walk 391 – Maui Musician Jessica Rabbit

We filmed this interview in Waikiki with singer and songwriter, Jessica Rabbit, from Maui the week before I left on this trip.

She is an awesome singer and writer, and was here on Oahu performing with GoMega. (See Beach Walk #348.) Jessica is very much a self-made young woman; watch this episode to understand her influences. You can also visit her on MySpace.

Both Jessica and GoMega play live music frequently on Maui. If you are going there, look them up!

GoMega on MySpace

Hawaiian words
Kūʻokoʻa: independent

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