Sunday, March 8, 2009
Leif - Hawaiian Dancer - Honolulu, Hawaii - May 1, 1985 - Age 10
When we lived in Honolulu, Leif attended Red Hill Elementary School for grades 3-5. They had some Hawaiian cultural units and in the spring of 1985 when he was 10 years old, they put on a big spring pageant with hula dances. This was the only time Leif danced any hula that I know of, and I never saw him practice it at home. It was a group performance with the rest of his class.
Male hula dancing is quite different in motions from the female dances and is much more powerful and masculine. There was such a crowd there, both the school kids and the audience, that I couldn't get a good photo of him actually performing, so this one I snapped while he was with his class watching other dancers was the best I could do.
Japan and Hawaii had profound effects on both our sons, and Puerto Rico had profound effects on Leif, on all of us. We were so fortunate to have experienced so many cultures and places in the world.