Our huraiti (dancers) sincerely enjoyed themselves sharing our song and dance with so many different groups and communities at the Duwamish River Festival on Saturday, August 26. Amigos de Seattle, Seattle Thai Classical Music and Dance, and more were brought together to celebrate the hard work of the Duwamish River Clean-Up Coalition.
Founded in 2001 by efforts of the community, this Seattle-based non-profit organization serves to restore and protect the Duwamish River while perpetuating the values and livelihood of the families and small businesses who live and work in the neighboring areas. With meaningful collaborations and research efforts, the coalition creates culturally-sensitive year-round programming including offering guided river tours, educational forums, habitat-restoration events, youth programs, and festivals such as the annual Duwamish River Festival.
To the team at the Duwamish River Clean-Up Coalition, mauruuru roa for extending such a warm and welcoming invitation to Huraiti Mana! We are grateful to learn more about your mission and hope to continue to support in the years to come. Haere mua!
Join us at the Duwamish River Festival, Saturday, August 26, 2017!
We'll be performing hula and ori Tahiti (Tahitian) style dancing as a part of the community-wide celebration! Share with us in honoring the communities that have long lived along the Duwamish River and all of our indigenous communities. We're so honored to take part in such a festive event connecting people to each other and to the land from which we come and of which we need to take care.
Hope to see you there for food, games, prizes, activities, performances, and more!
We had such a great time performing hula and ori Tahiti or Tahitian in our hometown Chinatown-International District as a part of the Seattle Asian American Film Festival summer series! We met awesome folks at the lei-making station, and we're proud of all the beautiful lei that were made over great conversation, laughs, and new ideas. We hope to see some of our newfound friends at upcoming practices and lei workshops! Special thanks to SAAFF and to InterIM CDA for hosting and supporting such a fun and family-friendly event.
Missed out on the Moana film-screening? Catch the next films every Saturday for the rest of August!
Saturday, Aug 5 | Mr. Nice Guy
Saturday, Aug. 12 | The Mermaid
Saturday, Aug. 19 | Fearless
Saturday, Aug. 26 | Big Hero 6
Especially being so close with the CID community, we love to share in community engagement and some old-fashioned family fun. Mahalo nui from Huraiti Mana!
Date: Saturday, July 29, 2017
Place: Hing Hay Park 423 Maynard Ave S. Seattle, WA 98104
What: Huraiti Mana hula & Tahitian performance with a fresh flower lei-making station!
Seattle Asian American Film Festival (SAAFF) begins it's 2017 Summer Series on July 22 with films featuring Asian-American and Pacific-Islanders! Join SAAFF every Saturday from July 22 - August 26 for free films, popcorn, and fun performances. Performances begin at dusk, and films begin at sundown. A great event for the entire 'ohana!
Huraiti Mana will be performing hula and Tahitian on Saturday, July 29 at the Seattle Chinatown-International District Hing Hay Park before the screening of the Tokelauan and Polynesian-inspired film Moana. Join us for a good time celebrating our songs and dance!
Although graduation season is over, I'm still creating wili lei at every chance I get. Wili is the traditional Native-Hawaiian style of wrapping flowers and greens with raffia material to create stunning lei. Away from home, I'm unable to use most traditional flower like ohi'a lehua or plumeria, but I learn to carry on tradition with new elements I find here in my second home, Seattle. Making lei is a labor of love, a tradition known across the islands of the Pacific. Lei connects us all. It is a calming, soothing, and creative process, one that strengthens connections between those who create lei and those for whom they are made. Coming soon, Huraiti Mana will be hosting Wili Iti - workshops for creating your very own lei for someone special, as a keepsake, or as a celebratory gift. Stay posted. Aloha no!
Families of Color Seattle put on a great, amazing program and fun-filled day Sunday, June 4, 2017 as a part of their FOCS Art Fest 2017! Educational booths lined the perimeter of the historic Washington Hall space, and the entire center of the room was filled with so many families, friends, and young children dancing non-stop as each performer took the stage. It was such an inspiring experience, seeing all of these community members come together to celebrate arts, performers of color, cultural diversity, and each other.
Huraiti Mana proudly performed with such internationally acclaimed and well renowned talent - mahalo nui loa for having us!
Guayaba | Au Collective | FICA Seattle Studio Capoeira Angola | DoNormaal | Daniel Pak | Northwest Tap Connection | Kouyate Arts | Massive Monkees
And mauruuru roa to FOCS for all the work you do to inspire and foster a more just future for our children.
Our first-ever Northwest Folklife Festival appearance! Huraiti Mana held a 45-minute hula cultural workshop, sharing stories, laughing, and working hard together as we discussed briefly about my experiences teaching dance and about the history of Native-Hawaiian traditions, while, of course, dancing hula. It was a hot, sunny day in Seattle, and we were feeling it as we moved through proper form and stance, exercised basic hula step, and touched on contemporary choreography. Following our dance workshop, we moved into the kid's Discovery Zone and hosted lei-making with fresh orchids. Keiki, or children, asked about the ancient traditions behind lei-making while their parents flipped through books about various master lei-making styles and techniques. We had such great conversations and met a lot of folks that day. Mahalo nui loa to everyone who joined us, and we hope you enjoyed yourselves!
API Heritage month continued with the VA Puget Sound HealthCare System's own Asian American Pacific Island Heritage Month Workforce Succession & Cultural Celebration which took place on Thursday, May 26, 2017 in their facilities. Huraiti Mana was kindly invited to perform hula at the Seattle facility along with various community groups. We love to participate in celebrations featuring others who are just as passionate about their culture, heritage, and traditional disciplines. We met so many kind-hearted and open people during the performance. Mahalo nui loa to all the staff who invited us to partake in delicious food and greeted us with warmth, it was so much fun!
Families of Color Seattle (FOCS) is hosting FOCS Arts Fest 2017 on Sunday, June 4th from 205PM at Washington Hall, and they've invited Huraiti Mana to be a part of the festivities!
FOCS is a great non-profit organization that promotes meaningful connections and communities by providing a safe space and opportunities to connect with diverse families and discuss social topics directly affecting our children. FOCS continues to make a strong foundation for our children's futures through various arts programs including Art & Poetry is Power, West African Drum and Dance, Hula and Tahitian Dance led by Huraiti Mana's Kalei'okalani - and so much more. The FOCS mission: that "children are born into a loving community that is racially and economically just."
FOCS Arts Fest is an all-access community art and artists. Tickets are admission by donation of $20 per family, $10 per family, or free for your entire family. No one is turned away for lack of funds.
The day is lined up with great performances, food, and activities. Let's celebrate our community, art, and our children. We hope to see you, there!
Please join Huraiti Mana for a fun cultural hula workshop at the Northwest Folklife Festival on Sunday, May 28 in the Seattle Armory Room from 1:00-1:45PM. Kalei'okalani will be hosting a 45-minute workshop focusing on hula basics and form as well as sharing about Hawaiian history.
Following the workshop, we'll also be hosting a lei-making station from 4:00-6:00PM in the Discovery Zone. We welcome all ages. Participants will learn about the significance of lei-making and how this Polynesian tradition is integral in the perpetuation of heritage and culture, with a focus on styles native to Hawaii. E lei no au I ko aloha. “I will cherish your love as a beautiful adornment.” Lei-making is a gift of love. Lei are not only decorative pieces; they share a spiritual connection with and are representative of the land they come from, the people who create them, and the people for whom they are made.
1:00PM-1:45PM Hula Cultural Workshop | Armory Room
4:00PM-6:00PM Lei-Making Activity | Discovery Zone
A hui hou!