I’ve watched this video maybe 20 times now.
Look at these fierce ladies performing this hula, transcending the expectations of the hula mu’umu’u. Look at this hula confronting ableism, re-telling the story of Manamanaiakaluea, not as a woman who had struggled, was pitied, and was restored. This is a hula about the grace and power of Hi’iaka and the strength and resilience of Manamanaiakaluea.
This is a hula about survivance.
“Pi’i Ana A’ama” - Kumu Hula Mark Keali’i Hoomalu
Rad. Rad rad rad. Also, OAKLAND!!!
everything about their movements says ‘power.’ their stance, so centered and close to the earth/floor. their bodies, so many of them powerfully and voluptuously built. the power of their movements, their endurance, the way they move with such control but such force. everything.
Your legs trying to do this … On fire you do this shit from your SOUL
ohh i need a hula halau for the lil one, asap. :*( why being away from her hawai’i is sad.
I used to watch this shit for hooouuurs when I lived in Hawai’i! Ya Allah, how I wish I could go back….
This is amazing. They are so fierce and strong! The commentary provides more context.