Wednesday, May 1, 2013

She Could Hypnotize The Ocean

My eldest daughter learned hula early in her life as she was born in Hawaii (still lives there).  She even performed a hula at her wedding reception.  Her own two girls also dance the hula, though the younger one is into ballet now.

It might surprise some of my readers to learn that hula is very popular in Japan and in fact over US$ 80 million is spent on hula in Japan each year.  There are over 100 halaus (schools) in Japan, and even one just a couple of kilometers from our house - way out here in the "boonies".

A great song from back in the 70s is "Hula Lady".  Here it is blended in a medley with "Honolulu I am Coming Back Again" being played by Kawili Na Kaleponi.  As I recall, it was the Cazimero Brothers who performed those songs back in 1973 along with Peter Moon.  They called themselves "The Sunday Manoa".  Manoa means vast and deep and there is a valley on Oahu called Manoa where the University of Hawaii is located.  

Anyway, I really like this performance:

And here are a couple of dancers performing Hula Lady for you to the 1973 version by "The "Sunday Manoa":

A hui hou (until we meet again), sweet sailing.


MCCISLCM said...

What a fantastic performance. Thanks for uploading and don't hesitate to post some others. These guys need to put out a CD!

Pandabonium said...

I agree. They have a number of videos on YouTube, but I don't see anything later than 2010. Don't know what they're doing at this point. Perhaps live performances plus a day job! I know how that is.

Glad you enjoy the group.

Doc Häagen-Dazs said...

What MCCISLCM said...