I got my much needed “Aloha fix” at Mikilani Young’s creative presentation of the guardians of
Hawai’i, or Aumakua.
It was a delightful fusion of traditional hula and powerful images of old
Hawai’i. Mikilani did a voice over a slide presentation telling the myths and legends behind the dance that ensued. She explained that animals embody the spirits of departed loved ones who come back in dreams with messages to protect the living human. I thoroughly enjoyed her well-informed telling of the Hawaiian story.
The dancers in her hula halau range from scene stealers who are about four years old to aunties still graceful in their senior years. Flowing movements of the more experienced dancers in stunning red velvet gowns graced with white shell leis was mesmerizing. I enjoyed the variety of music and dances from Kahiko, the ancient dance to drumming and chant, to modern hip swinging hula and left the event filled with warm aloha.