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Hula News – February 2012

The following is an excerpt from the “Hula School of the Gift of Flowers” Huala Hula O Na Makana Pua Feb. ruary 2012 Newsletter. For more Hula News, sign up for their monthly newsletter, call Jan at 530-347-9472

Pink Blossom - photo by Jan Baza


2012 Hula in Northern California EVENT CALENDAR

Sat, Mar 10                              SHOW--Shasta County Sheriff’s Cultural Awareness Event, Mt Shasta Mall, 11-5 pm;

Dance at 2:30 pm

Sat, Apr 28                              SHOW--Anderson Fun Fest, Anderson River Park; Dance at 1:00 pm

Sat, May 19                              SHOW--Relay for Life, Anderson High School; Dance at 1:00 pm

Sat, Mar 24                          Beginner Hula Workshop, 2-5 pm

Sat, Jun 9                                SHOW--Alicia’s Wedding, Happy Valley

Sat, Jul 14                               Lavender Fest & Craft Fair at Dave & Jan’s house, 9 am to 3 pm

Sat, Aug 11                               SHOW--“Stop & Sway”, 12-2 pm (dance at various Redding businesses)

Sat, Sep 15                              Field Trip--Napa Aloha Fest

Sat, Oct 6                               SHOW--Craft Fair, Anderson Church

Sat, Oct 13                              SHOW--Anderson Street Faire; Dance at 1:00 pm

Sat, Nov 3                               SHOW--Shasta County Arts Council Show, Mt Shasta Mall; Dance at 1:30 pm

Sat, Dec 3                               Booth--Holiday Craft Fair, Anderson City Hall, 9 am-2 pm


HULA CLASSES in Northern California

Hula dancing teaches us to strive to be our very best, and move from an undisciplined state to

one of spiritual and bodily poise.  These are on-going classes to learn traditional Kahiko (ancient style) and ‘Auana (modern style) hulas, as well as instruments (Ipu—gourd drum, Pu’ili—bamboo sticks, ‘Uli’uli—feather rattles).


BEGINNERS:    Saturday at 9:30 am              ADVANCED:    Saturday at 10:30 am

Studio Location:      19710 Oak Lane, Cottonwood, 347-9472


HULA CLASSES in the Bay Area, taught by Iris Dragan.

Menlo Park Recreation at Burgess Center, Laurel St., Menlo Park, on Mon, 10:30 am.

San Mateo Parks & Recreation at Beresford Center, Alameda de las Pulgas on Wed, 1:30 pm.

Private lessons by appointment at her home studio (650-368-7825).





Chanter, dancer, teacher, composer, recording artist, John Watkins was born December 24, 1928, in Watertown, O’ahu.  He was educated at Watertown, Kaloaloa, and Nanakuli Elementary Schools, Aiea Intermediate, and Farrington High School, Cannon School of Business.  His Kumu was Lokalia Ka’amoana (grandmother) and his mother.


He started teaching hula in 1947 and performed at the Halekoa Hotel for 7 years; Germaine’s Lu’au for 12 years; Lucky Luck television show; Aloha Week Ho’olaule’a; all neighbor islands; hospitals; military clubs; concerts in Japan, Taiwan, Western Samoa, New York, Florida.  He was the director of shows at Farrington, Waipahu and Campbell High Schools, and served as Judge for the Keiki Hula Contest in 1980 and 1981 and for the Merrie Monarch Festival in 1980.


Watkins composed 28 Hawaiian songs, including:

Green Lantern Hula

Hana Chant


Noho Paipai (Rocking Chair Hula)

Hana Chant




He also recorded Samoan songs.  He was Employee of the Year, Public Works, 1980, and won typing and shorthand honors in the early 1950s.





(Kumu Lawrence Pau & Aunty Nancy “Leilani” Tang recently taught us this dance.)


Homes in old Hawai’i were special and were often named much as people are, as both are precious and have personalities.  The highest honor to give anyone or any place was the gift of a mele noa (name song), that would live on forever in the hearts and minds of all.  “Puamana” (magical flower) is about the home of Charles & Annie Farden, built in 1915 in Lahaina, on the island of Maui.


The name Puamana appeared on the deed of the home and was retained by Charles Farden.  Years later, a family friend and exponent of the Hawaiian language, Flora Hayes, while working on translation at the Bishop Museum, discovered that the property on which the home stood was once owned by the High Chief Puamana, who kept his canoes in sheds along the property’s sea edge.  The song’s descriptive lyrics and plaintive Hawaiian melody make this a perfect mele hula (dance song), that has been and continues to be a popular among hula dancers.


In 1937, Aunty Irmgard Farden composed this tribute to her family’s home.  Her father assisted her with the Hawaiian words.  The father of the Farden children had each child (11 in all), plant a coconut.  This old Hawaiian custom continued the belief that as each child grew, the tree would grow along with him or her.  As the coconut tree is useful in so many ways, the child would become productive also.

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Although Home Puamana no longer exists, the coconut trees remain along with some of the Farden children who nurtured them generations ago.  Their own descendants now propagate their individual, inherited talents that all took root at Puamana, a home that was filled with so much joy.  The treasured history of Puamana and the Charles and Annie Farden family are captured in Mary C. Richards’ book, “Sweet Voices of Lahaina.”


Lyrics Mana’o
Verse 1  
Pua Mana Pua Mana
My home in Lahaina Ku’u home i Lahaina
With fragrant flowers Me na pua, ‘ala onaona
My home is so loved Ku’u home i aloha ‘ia
Verse 2  
My home Ku’u home
Surrounded by coco palms I ka ‘ulu o ka niu
That stand majestically O ka niu, ku kilakila
And sway gently Napenape malie
Verse 3  
Beautiful home Home nani
Nestled along the shore Home i ka ‘ae kai
With the bright moon Ke konane, a ka Mahina
Upon the whispering sea I ke kai hawanawana
Verse 4  
Tell Ha’ina
The refrain ‘Ia mai ka puana
My home in Lahaina Ku’u home i Lahaina
Filled with happiness Ua piha me ka hau’oli

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