King Kamehameha Hula Competition, June 25, 2010 >>

Hawaiian language: first place

Combined kahiko: first place

Women's kahiko: third place

Men's kahiko: third place

E Ho‘olauna Pū Kākou, July 30, 2010 >>

Dancer awards for five, ten, fifteen, twenty, and twenty-five years of HMI loyalty. Keiki class performances, impromptu hula ‘auana, and lots of laughs.

Lili‘uokalani Keiki Hula Competition, June 9, 2010 >>

At which our young ladies and young men danced their hearts out and did us proud: no trophies this time, but Makana Laboy received a Kawena Pukui scholarship award.

Year of the Broken Camera

‘O Kū, ‘o Kā, ‘o Wahine‘ōma‘o

Lanihuli to Kaua‘i, March 24 - 26, 2010 >>

Naue, Keahualaka, Kilioe, Hanalei, Kalalea, Nounou, lei-making, and a visit with kumu hula Puna Dawson, the daughter of Aunty Nana Kalama.  (Photos courtesy of Kahikina de Silva)

Wahine‘ōma‘o was neither a dancer nor a chanter, so when she found herself in an ‘aumakua  situation (the word, in this case, means "required to dance"), she marched around in comic fashion, stomping her feet to the rhythm of a "mele" that she made up on the spot: "‘O kū, ‘o kā, ‘o Wahine‘ōma‘o, wahine a Lohi‘auipo!" (A stomp here, a stomp there bam, boom – this is how Wahine‘oma‘o, wife of Lohi‘au, goes about it). The phrase has since come to mean: do the best you can, as quickly as you can, and get the job done.

A certain ocd web master (for whom Wahine‘ōma‘o's advice verges on torture) dropped his expensive camera and favorite lens last summer during the Keiki Hula Competition, and it has taken him almost a year to save up for an equally high-quality replacement. Hālau activities have come and gone in the intervening months, some of these hanana he reluctantly recorded with damaged/stop-gap equipment in "‘o kū, ‘o kā" fashion, some of them he didn't record at all.  Presented below, are photo galleries of what he managed to shoot, and of what he's had time, so far, to round up and post.