Aloha na haumana (students) o na Halau Ha'a Kea (of our Halau Ha'a Kea schools) - Welcome to our Pu'uhonua o Na Halau Ha'a Kea page!
Pu'uhonua is a place of refuge. Literally, it means "hill of the earth". Chiefs would build a pu'uhonua as a place to seek safety, forgiveness, relief, healing. They were living under the kapu system at that time so such places were thought to be necessary.
Of course we do not live under the kapu system. Instead, we live in a world where being busy and stressed somehow equals success (what I call the "Stress=Success" Syndrome!). I've created this space so that we (I) can all take pause and reflect on life and the things that we will be learning in Halau. Some of you have heard me say that hula is a feeling, not just memorized choreography. Those feelings will not come through in your dancing unless you are in touch & comfortable with them! As students of hula and the Hawaiian culture it is my goal to help you live pono: centered, balanced, & focused on the right intentions. I can not do the work for you. It will take your own self-discipline to put in the heart and time to reflect on the exercises I post here.
I've made this a PRIVATE page, open only to haumana of our Halau, so that we have a safe place to share with eachother, learn from and about one another and to simply bond as hula sisters (and maybe brothers one day?!?). Please DO NOT share anything on this page in any place or with anyone outside of this page.
SELF-REFLECTION: Have you experienced or seen the "Stress=Success" Syndrome? Can that kind of mentality or lifestyle benefit one's life? How can it hinder one's life? How do YOU decompress and take care of yourself? Do you have any hurdles in the way of reducing stress in your life?
EXERCISE (comment below): Let's start off with introductions! Include the obvious stuff: who are you, where do you live, your family, etc...) but also try and include some of your thoughts on the self-reflection exercise above.