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Hula News – May 2012


Thu, May 17            SHOW—Windsor Care Center, Redding; Dance at 11:15 am

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

Fri, Jun 1                 SHOW—Retired Teachers Lu’au, Redding; Dance at 7 pm

Sat, Jun 9                SHOW—Alicia’s Wedding, Happy Valley; 5 pm

Sat, Jun 23              SHOW--“Stop & Sway”, 12-2 pm (dance at various Redding businesses)

Sat, Jul 14               Lavender Fest & Craft Fair—Jan & Dave’s House, 9 am to 4 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


Message from Jan & Dave 

Every human being and nation, irrespective of their power or strength, has the right to be respected.  Respect means being treated with consideration and esteem and to be willing to treat people similarly.  It means to have a regard for other peoples’ feelings, listening to people and giving them one’s full attention.  More importantly, respect means treating one with dignity.  Respect is the opposite of humiliation and contempt.  Respect allows one to build trust and rebuild relationships and can lead to a positive change



We feel a deep responsibility to provide information that allow us to “dance from the heart.”  Since hula encompasses not only dance motions, but also Hawaiian music, language, & culture, this Newsletter will focus on various subjects that influence dancers as well as other interesting facts about Hawaii.


First Lei Day Celebration – May 1, 1929

 Don Blanding, writing the story in Hula Moons, explained the origins of Lei Day:

Along in the latter part of 1927 I had an idea; not that that gave me a headache, but it seemed such a good one that I had to tell some one about it, so I told the editors of the Honolulu Star-Bulletin, the paper on which I worked.  They agreed that it was a good idea and that we ought to present it to the public, which we proceeded to do.  It took hold at once and resulted in something decidedly beautiful.

. . . The custom of weaving and wearing flower leis originated with the Hawaiians so long ago that they have no record of its beginning. . . . When tourists discovered Hawaii, they loved the charming gesture and they spread the word of it until the lei became known around the world.

. . . Hawai`i observed all of the mainland holidays as well as those of a number of the immigrant nationalities in the Islands.  But there was no day that was peculiarly and completely Hawaii's own; that is none that included all of the polyglot population there.

So, the bright idea that I presented was, "Why not have a Lei Day?"  Let everyone wear a lei and give a lei.  Let it be a day of general rejoicing over the fact that one lived in a Paradise.  Let it be a day for remembering old friends, renewing neglected contacts, with the slogan "Aloha," allowing that flexible word to mean friendliness on that day.

Lei Day became an official holiday in 1929.  Lei Day celebrations continue today, marking May 1st with lei-making competitions, concerts, and the giving and receiving of lei among friends and family.


The above post is an excerpt from the Halau Hula O Na Makana Pua March newsletter.
For more great hula news, Hawaiian history, recipes and so much more, sign up for the full newsletter by emailing Jan at huladancers@c-zone.net.

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