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Sacred Fire: The Heart and Hula of Compassion - youtube slide show, January 2017

2016 Year in Review of Halau i Ka Pono - youtube  

Breath of Hawaii youtube, Madison Street Theatre, Oak Park, IL. May 2016

Indigenous Peacemaking in the 21st Century, January 2016

Purdue University Performance slide show October 2015

  Kumu Hula Michael Pili Pang's visit to Chicago March 2015

Halau i Ka Pono Year at a Glance 2014

 Last Dance on the Oak Park Hula Mound September 2014

Millenium Park Family Fun Festival - Halau i Ka Pono performance  August 2014

 Kumu Hula Michael Pili Pang in Chicago May 2014

"Many Traditions, One Heart" Native American and Native Hawaiian Performance March 2014

"Healing Waters" Hula Debut, Zen Life & Meditation Center of Chicago, Feb. 28, 2014

     Youtube Slideshow of Chicago Hula Weekend July 2013 with Jason Poole, Danielle Meijer, Alan Senauke and Halau i Ka Pono.

     Mobile Youtube Slideshow of Chicago Hula Weekend July 2013

     Smilebox Photos of Michael Pili Pang's March 2013 visit to Chicago, music background "He'eia" by Hapa and "Ke Ala Ka'ui Honi" by   

        Kahauanu Lake Trio.

     2012 Photos of Halau i Ka Pono, music background "Is there a Feeling" and "Mahina Love" by Keoki Apokolani Carter

     Photos of Michael Pili Pang's March 2012 visit to Chicago.

     Video of hula performance at the Box, Lincoln Center, NYC, September 14, 2011.

     Photos of Mother's Day Hula Performance danced on the Oak Park, Illinois Pa Hula, May 8, 2011

     Photos of Becky Leilaloha Jung, in Memorium, music background "A part of me, a part of you," by Moe Keale.

    Video of Pa Kamakani - danced on the Volcano, Hawaii Pa Hula (Hula mound), April 2010.

Sacred Fire: The Heart and Hula of Compassion Retreat a success!

Pulelo ke ahi haʻaheo i na pali.
The firebrand soars proudly over the cliffs.
An expression of triumph. Referring to the glow of volcanic fire on Hawaii.
ʻOlelo Noʻeau - Hawaiian Poetical Sayings and Proverbs #2735

Now Iʻm in the lush rainforest that surrounds the town of Volcano, Hawaii. Itʻs dawn and sunlight is slowly illuminating the tall, thin ʻohia trees that are famous for this area. The native apapane sings first in the deep silence of this place, slowly and gently awakening everyone. A fine mist comes from the East. The dampness of the forest pervades the air. Every cell in my skin soaks up this life giving moisture. I am here for the Sacred Fire Retreat.

Tall tree ferns of varying shades of green greet me. Iʻm amazed and grateful for this rich, vast, intricate and dynamic net of organisms all living together, many connected by invisibly intertwined roots. The mist floats and envelopes the forest in a thin gauze of translucent white.

Volcano! My grandparents lived here when the Volcano National Park was first established in 1916. They named their first born son - the first child born there - National Park (Nash for short) Tahara. I feel such a strong connection to this place.

Fourteen of us came here to participate in the first Sacred Fire: The Heart and Hula of Compassion Retreat. We were in the sacred realm of the Volcano Goddess Pele. On the first night, we made the trek to see Pele in her home at Kilauea in Halemaʻumaʻu. Overhead a huge full moon shone with a multitude of stars twinkling brightly. Pele was unmistakable there in the distance in the form of a great molten lake of bright, red hot lava that illuminated the walls of the crater with an otherworldly red-orange glow. She was bubbling and dancing - filling the cool night air with billowing steam and smoke.

This fire of Pele. How does this wisdom manifest in our lives? My main purpose for this retreat was to focus on becoming more embodied. I hoped we could more fully experience the sacred, exquisite surroundings of the sacred land of Volcano with our bodies and not just our minds.

Joan Halifax says that we live in an age where there are so many weapons of mass distraction. All the electronics we use - computers, smart phones, iPads - keep us disembodied, living almost exclusively in our heads. If we donʻt balance technology with body practices, itʻs a sure-fire recipe for tension and suffering.

Where is all of that tension stored? Yes, in our bodies. It makes sense that as we become more aware of our bodies, we can notice, relax and release this tension into the great Earth. When we relax physically, our small ego-centered self begins to soften and become less paranoid and rigid. We need a deep practice of meditation.

The practice of hula is an embodied practice I love doing. We chant and dance the hula in a place where hula lives. Our hearts and bodies recognized the joy that comes from this. Is sacred fire the same as happiness and wisdom?

We also sat still. Sitting meditation at dawn was deep and strong. We connected with and honored this place by sitting in silence dropping our busy minds and opening to the gentle sounds of this great forest. Cradled in her embrace, we opened to wisdom.

When we practice hula and meditation, we cultivate the sacred fires of compassion and wisdom by opening. We simply open our hearts, mind and bodies to what is.

~ June Kaililani  Ryushin Tanoue, Sensei and Kumu Hula

   February 7, 2017

 

Ho'opuka E Ka La Ma Ka HIkina