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Conversations with Kalani

Recently Kalani and I have been discussing Hawaiian issues. For example, a lot has been said about this thing called "the Aloha Spirit." What is it? It's a lie perpetuated by some money hungry people to try to sell Hawaii in order for them to make a profit.

Kalani stated it way better than I ever will here:

"I've said this before how "aloha spirit" is a coined term that was born around the 40s or so. Hawaiian culture has its protocol and what the Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau has done is taken a part of our culture and used it to entice others, giving them the idea that the people are docile creatures.

And if we don't follow that stereotype, as that young lady told me, I don't have the "Hawaiian spirit". So I guess Kamehameha didn't have the Hawaiian spirit with Kalanikupule. Nor did Kalanikupule have the Hawaiian spirit with Kahahana. Keouakuahuula didn't have it with Keawemauhili and Kamehameha didn't show it to Keouakuahuula and Kalanikauikeaoulikiwalao. Guess they all could've learned something from the HVCB."



Kalani stated it best: "the Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau [took] a part of our culture and used it to entice others, giving them the idea that the people are docile creatures" we are not docile. If anything we descend from warriors. Some are more warrior-like than others and yes... I have written those FEW pilau Hawaiians off. They do not exist in my book. Is that Hawaiian or me? You bet. Kamehameha did it when he oki his own relatives. Same thing with pilau Hawaiians like D.K. and LoLo. They are where they belong. That is... in the trash heap.

Specifically I have been mentioning how people like D.K. acts like he is so much greater than other Hawaiians just because he has a college degree. Uh HELLO... other Hawaiians have more degrees than he does and have paid off their student loans yet what does he and others like him do? Act like he so great. So smart. Yeah right. If they were so great then why have half of the 401,062 or so Hawaiians left in this world fled Hawaii? Das right. They not great. They not haa haa das why though they like ack like they're haa haa. THEY ARE NOT.

Even my 11 year old certified brainy niece "Moon Face" no ack lidat. She was the top scoring kindergardener for an aptitude test in the State of Virginia. Did she brag? NOPE. Did she boast? NOPE! Does she even tell people that she is a certified brain? NOPE! LOL She haa haa (which can mean "humble") das why. More so than adults like D.K. and LoLo. It's like haa haa. GET SOME.

I've also been thinking about hula. I have studied martial arts for about eight years and every time I dance the hula my mind cannot help but think about how hula has alot of 45 and 90 degree angles. Angles that tell a story of a martial art. There have been theories about hula. Mine is that hula was developed from lua which is a martial art. I see the movements. I feel the warrior movements. They remind me of the warrior in us Hawaiians.

Anyway Kalani and I are also discussing other Hawaiian issues. I will probably repost what he has to state :-)

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maldito
Jul. 4th, 2006 01:52 pm (UTC)
I have studied martial arts for about eight years and every time I dance the hula my mind cannot help but think about how hula has alot of 45 and 90 degree angles. Angles that tell a story of a martial art. There have been theories about hula. Mine is that hula was developed from lua which is a martial art. I see the movements. I feel the warrior movements. They remind me of the warrior in us Hawaiians.

Oh, let me copy what is said in John Kaimikaua's cd leaflet.


Laka was the eldest of twins; her twin brother was named 'Olohe. Both Laka and 'Olohe were trained in the art of hula by their eldest sister Kapo'ulakina'u. When Laka learned the 98 foot movements that are the basis of the dance, she used them for life and preservation. 'Olohe used them for defense, beginning the tradition of the Hawaiian martial art form - lua.


I think in lua they are told of 'Olohe, but I could be wrong. I'm just guessing. *L* Remember I told you of Micah and the dances dedicated to Kapo. lol
maldito
Jul. 4th, 2006 01:54 pm (UTC)
I forgot to say, so according to Kaimikaua, lua came out of hula. No Molokai 'o lua. Damn, so Molokai is not just credited for hula but also should be for lua too. I just realized that.
haolegirl
Jul. 4th, 2006 02:47 pm (UTC)
So lua is from hula OR hula from lua? Because hula looks like a martial art to me. It would also align itself with how kata are masked like how hula can be masked. There aren't many books on this subject too and on some level can be sacreligious to even write about.
maldito
Jul. 4th, 2006 02:50 pm (UTC)
lua is from hula b/c according to Kaimikaua, he said 'Olohe used the 98 hula steps towards fighting, unlike Laka who used it for preservation. Kinda reminds me of capoeira where it's actually a martial art hidden in a dance. In this case, lua started w/ the steps used in hula.
maldito
Jul. 4th, 2006 02:54 pm (UTC)
also, the molokai hula steps are more ferocious. A lot of animal dances too apparently.
haolegirl
Jul. 4th, 2006 02:47 pm (UTC)
I could ask that guy but I think he blackballed me already LOL
maldito
Jul. 4th, 2006 02:50 pm (UTC)
who, the one on LJ who studies it? lmao
honeyviper
Jul. 4th, 2006 07:57 pm (UTC)
The Aloha spirit? O_O! That's a great tagline for people who want to "experience the beauty" of Hawaii. That exotic slogan that people actually believe.
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