Huraiti Mana hosted a Stay At Home lei-making workshop after a month of closures that continue through the COVID-19 pandemic. To connect together and celebrate community, while also promoting safety for all our huraiti, we hosted an online lei workshop with supplies found in-home! Traditionally made using lā'ī or ti-leaf, we created haku lei po'o (woven with three-ply braid, worn around the head) with paper bags & trash bags! Though we didn't have the ease of in-person teaching to learn this new skill, many of the huraiti completed their first-ever haku lei! We shared in many mo'olelo of lei-making, the stories behind the traditions, and shared in oli (chants). E ho'omaika'i, congratulations to everyone who joined and challenged themselves creatively & artistically during this time. A hui hou! Until we meet again!
Eō. We are living - and dancing - in tumultuous times. As Pupu 'Ori close across the nation (and world no doubt), Huraiti Mana will also be closing its studio doors in unprecedented efforts toward safety and health, now thru the end of March 2020. However, we encourage everyone to remain active, sociable, and healthy in every way possible. Following suit like our 'ori sister Teva Oriata and many more, we will be offering live streaming classes! At Huraiti Mana, we practice Eō: a call and, "yes, I am present." But in what ways are we present? Physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. And what does this mean? Ask our tamari'i, our keiki, and they will say: our body is here; our mind is focused; we bring our positive vibes into this space; and our ancestors - all those we represent, all those we know, all those we've never met, and all those that practiced in what we are fortunate to practice today because of them - their spirits enter into this space. This is Eō. Huraiti Mana's community is here, regardless of where "here" is. We share much more than dance, and we will continue to do so wherever we are. WE are Huraiti Mana. Eō!
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