Seattle Public Schools celebrated its Ethnic Studies Program with the many community members, educators, activists, and students who all contribute to make this significant and much-needed program, a reality. Mahalo to the Ethnic Studies Program Manager Tracy Gill for welcoming Huraiti Mana to perform and share briefly about the history of Tahiti and about our need to dance, to sing, and to bring a more holistic history in all our lives. Ei aha roa to 'oe hiro'a. Eia moe e to'u nuna'a. May you always keep with you the consciousness and dream of your origin.
If you are or know "teaching artists with an exceptional talent for helping young people feel fully alive through rhythm -- as expressed in music and movement," apply for the Jubilation Foundation Fellowship grant, today!
Jubilation Foundation is a part of the Tides Foundation. They value community, connection, and joy and believe that movement and music and promote well-being in an individual and community.
I was a fellow for the 2017-2018 year and the grant is now open for the 2019-2020 year. Applications are due January 15! I am forever grateful for the sustainability that this grant has provided, enabling me to continue my artistic practices as a means of personal fulfillment but also fulfilling my career endeavors as well. Mahalo nui loa to all who work tirelessly to support artists across the nation and with a focus in the Pacific Northwest at the Jubliation and Tides Foundations!
E mālama pono,
Seattle Children's Museum held their first-ever Patchwork Puget Sound event Saturday, Dec. 29 - Sunday, Dec. 30, 2018. Sunday, Huraiti Mana performed with an Ori Tahiti segment featuring our youngest huraiti! We followed our performance with a lei-making activity for the young and their accompanying young-at-heart. We had a fantastic time with our young audience and are so happy to have participated in this event dedicated to showcasing the communities of the Puget Sound area.
Mauruuru roa to Devin and the entire team at the Seattle Children's Museum. We appreciate the hospitality, the warmth, and the fun you all bring to our city's youth!
Online registration required for new dancers. All dancers are welcome at any level of experience! Please join us in celebrating our second birthday with a free month of dance classes for January 2019. Take your time to get comfortable with our warm-up routines, meet our community of dancers, and become a part of our ori 'ohana. Feel free to share with family and friends!
The Seattle Aquarium is hosting its annual Hawai'i Weekend from Saturday, January 19 - Monday, January 21, featuring the marine life that make up the tropical ecosystem of Hawaiian waters. Huraiti Mana will be participating in Hawai'i Weekend with Story Time and Hula Workshops. Our work in hula is inseparable from the land, the sea, the earth, and all life around us. Kalei'okalani, ha'api'i of Huraiti Mana will be leading story telling and workshops for keiki all weekend long. Invite all of your family - the young and the young at heart - and find the entire list of performances and programs, here!
Join us as we celebrate with the Ethnic Studies Program of the Seattle Public Schools in our shared values to empower our communities of color through education! Huraiti Mana will be showcasing an Ori Tahiti performance and sharing a brief look into Tahitian history.
Please join us for our performance at the Seattle Children's Museum to celebrate our communities in the Puget Sound area.
API Chaya is an amazing organization that provides support to people who have experienced domestic violence, sexual assault, forced marriage and human trafficking. They are dedicated to supporting survivors and strengthening communities. Huraiti Mana was honored to participate in their Donor Appreciation Night, held on November 1 at the Elliot Bay Clubhouse, an event created to celebrate the successes and strengths of API Chaya's programs and achievements.
API Chaya staff, volunteer, friends and family express love and hope, opportunity for healing, support for growth, and kindness for a better world for us all. Mahalo nui loa e API Chaya no ko kokua a ko aloha.
Nani kou lei!
Huraiti Mana hosted it's first-ever 2.5-hour lei intensive workshop in partnership with the Wing Luke Museum! In honor of Visions of Pasifika which exhibited from December 2017 - November 2018, Kalei'okalani of Huraiti Mana hosted a workshop focusing on the history and significance of lei-making through the Native Hawaiian wili or wrap style.
Mahalo nui loa to all the 'ohana and hoaaloha, family and friends who help spread the word to make this first-ever offering a sold out success! Special mahalo to International Examiner, Arden Fujiwara, Sunshine of Polynesia, Tamali'i Polynesian Dance, Colors of Hawai'i, and more. The room was full of community members spanning across Washington including haumāna from Hālau across Seattle, leaders from the annual Seattle Live Aloha Festival, mamas from Huraiti Mana, staffers from Wing Luke Museum and Arts Corps, and much more 'ohana!
We talked story about the type of lei you give and receive, the meanings of using various flowers both in Hawai'i and in the PNW, and methods of creating lei. Almost all were first-ever lei-weavers, and all were very open, dedicated, and didn't want to leave their work. Each left with smiles, laughs, and stories. Huraiti Mana is so grateful for the opportunity to contribute to and heavily involve the ori and hula 'ohana community of the Pacific Northwest. We look forward to hosting future workshops to further our connection to our past and the future of this growing community.
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