Saturday, July 05, 2008

MOKIF Report 2 from Miyazaki!!!

Aloha from Miyazaki!
Part of the fun about being in Miyazaki is enjoying the abundance of nature here. Sig Zane did a workshop about making haku (weaving style) lei. And we went out to an area outside the city called Darumizu, as Sig & the students got to see how local vegetation can be utilized for their lei making. We were blessed with a fine day, and as Sig did his pule (prayer) to ask for permission to to collect the plants, a beautiful black butterfly gracefully fluttered through our path. Not only that, A very auspicious sign!


As Sig was explaining about how to make an auana (modern) lei, a huge pinao (dragonfly) landed on his head! Another very auspicious moment during that workshop.


Back at Miyazaki Kanko Hotel, Sig made a kuahu (hula altar) so that the students can make their kahiko (traditional) lei, as the presence of a kuahu makes it possible for them to be in tune with the gods.


In the evening, we attended a wonderful welcoming party hosted by our friends in Miyazaki. There, Sig presented his one and only artwork of Kalo (or Taro, a Hawaiian potato) to our friends, to symbolize our friendship, as kalo represents "family" in Hawaiian culture.


Here is Moku O Keawe International Festival in Miyazaki's Producer, Kumu Hula Nani Lim Yap & Sig!
Sig is wearing the special Moku O Keawe T-shirt that he designed for this year's Miyazaki Festival.
It has the 'olelo in Hawaiian from his mother-in-law, Edith Kanaka'ole, which means "Unity in thought echoes through the sound of traditional dances."
With that deep saying, a hui hou and I will get more reports from Miyazaki!



Friday, July 04, 2008

Miyazaki 2008! Moku O Keawe International Festival in Japan

Aloha Kakou!

Just quickly, Moku O Keawe International Festival in Japan, Miyazaki!
The people are SO warm, it reminds everyone of home, Hawai'i!
Mahalo nui loa to all of you in Miyazaki!!!!!!!

Love & Aloha,