Blessed to Constantly Create

/ June 22nd, 2012

Three years ago, Lisa Aguilar almost decided to retire from teaching and choreographing Tahitian dance. She was in Tahiti at the time, studying with her mentor Tahitian dance legend Coco Hotahota. Having taught and mentored three generations of her own dancers, Lisa figured it was time for her to move on and let the younger choreographers predominate the Tahitian dance world in the States. When she told this to Coco, he got up angrily and left the room. (more…)

The Call

/ June 19th, 2012

Gabriela Shiroma remembers walking through the streets of Chorrillos as a young girl and hearing the sound of the cajones filling the air with infectious Afro-Peruvian rhythms. The music always called to her. (more…)

Stirring the Earth and the Ancestors

/ June 11th, 2012

On the morning of Kumu Kawika Alfiche’s hula workshop in Mérida, Yucatán, Mexico last April, the normally blazing hot weather had cooled to slightly humid and the sky was overcast – just like Hawaiʻi. The weather set the scene for a powerful cross-cultural experience between Kawika and the local Mexican and Mayan communities. (more…)