Huraiti Mana brought Ori Tahiti and Hula for the first time ever to Rainier Beach Community's annual BAAMFest celebration on Sunday, August 19, 2018! We rounded out our summer months with this amazing festival that had three performance stages that featured Huraiti Mana, Deems Tsutakawa, Taiko Drumming, Belly Dancing, and so much more; tons of food trucks including Full Tilt; activity booths and cultural vendors; a pop-up traveling exhibit with the Wing Luke Museum; and horse-mounted Buffalo Soldiers.
A big mahalo to all those who have made BAAMFest possible year after year - especially to Cindi Laws! Volunteers work tirelessly to create a multi-cultural and cross-cultural event to showcase the communities of the Rainier Beach neighborhood as well as to highlight the histories of the area through a social justice lens. This year, the festival focused on the experience of Japanese Americans in the neighborhood and in Seattle at large, educating visitors about the Japanese American incarceration during World War II through pop-up exhibits and the arts.
While at a vendor booth, a little boy mentioned about his love for Chinese dragon mythology, for the Hawaiian State fish the Humuhumunukunukuapua'a, and other fascinating facts. His father smiled: "Yah, we try to raise him to appreciate other cultures. Because if we don't appreciate other cultures, than no one is going to appreciate ours."
This feels like it's been the longest summer yet, filled with so many Hula and Tahitian performances and workshops across Seattle and beyond, all with the mission to showcase the cultures and communities of which we consider Huraiti Mana a part. We are all connected. This year, we've danced our way with ori Tahiti and hula in the Seattle Center, Chinatown-International District, Tacoma, Burien, Auburn, Wallingford, and so much more. Mahalo, mauruuru.
Our festival performances are coming to the end as we head into the Fall season - this is a great time to join Huraiti Mana, build a strong foundation in our Ori Tahiti (Tahitian dance) and Hula dance classes, and become a part of this community of aloha in Seattle. We invite you, e manava!
The amazing folks planning the Duwamish River Festival invited Huraiti Mana again for another cross-cultural celebration to honor the Duwamish peoples, the Duwamish River, and diverse indigenous peoples that share a common love and connection to the earth and its life-giving waters. This event is always so warm and caring, filled with interactive and educational booths and a line-up of talented performances all day long. This year, some of our youngest huraiti graced the stage in a first-ever all tamari'i ote'a (children dance number)! Together, we danced Ori Tahiti (Tahitian dance) in Seattle's South Park in recognition of the peoples and places that have come before.
Duwamish River Clean Up Coalition is a non-profit organization and was founded in 2001 by efforts of the community. The coalition serves to restore and protect the Duwamish River while also supporting sustainability for the lives of the communities and neighborhoods in the area. During this year's festival, part of the programming included kayaking along the river! Programs such as these are available throughout the year, serving to educate the community using culturally-responsible means and through an equity lens.
Our deepest mauruuru to the hard-working team of the Duwamish River Festival and Duwamish River Clean Up Coalition - your tireless work lifts up these communities. Haere mua!
Northwest Folklife is kindly inviting Huraiti Mana back again to participate in the Our Big Neighborhood summer series to bring hula to the Seattle Center! As an event sponsor, Families of Color Seattle presents Hula Dancing with Huraiti Mana for the 5th Annual Seattle Children's Festival on Saturday, September 22, 2018. Join us for a fun workshop full of Hawaiian story, history, song, and dance! Learn how we can all share in a deep connection with the land and with each other through the values of 'ohana (family), ha'aheo (pride), and aloha (love).
Huraiti Mana was invited to perform hula and share Hawaiian story-telling at the University House in Wallingford, Seattle for their annual lū'au celebration! We shared stories about our home in O'ahu where we were born and raised with E Wai'anae; we shared about ourselves through our mele He Hawai'i Au - I am Hawaiian; and we shared in a brief activity with a hula-hands workshop. Mahalo nui to this fun-loving senior community for inviting us for a sweet evening of sharing in hula dance and performance! Hana maika'i!
Huraiti Mana will be doing back-to-back performances in mid-August, rounding out the summer with BAAMFest 2018.
Join us for our second year with the Duwamish River Festival!