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Know this, dear:
Her love for the dance is as courageous as her heart;
For she is a hula girl at heart;
Her hands can represent the calmest seas;
To the trade winds down Makaha Valley;
When she dances her hula can tell a story with the graceful
Way she moves and sways it seems as if she’s the a palm tree
On a breezy summers day gracefully swaying away;
As the ipo begins the beat she starts to move her feet;
The beat of the ipo matches her heartbeat in every single way;
As she says the ancient oli all her troubles melt away;
For she knows her amakua are there to guide her through the ancient mele;
While she dances her whole world changes, it becomes peaceful and right;
She is a hula girl alright;
She can tell a story without opening her lips but by her hands and the simple sway of her hips.
I am Hawaiian. I am 15 and currently attending Bartlett Highschool. I have lived in Alaska for 5 years now. I moved up here from hawaii where i was born and raised.
My entry is about hula. I wrote this because I believe people should know what goes through the ind of someone dancing the ancient art of hula. I also wrote this because it captured my culture in an instant!
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Announcing winners from My Alaska contest...Congratulations!!!
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2nd: "Forget Me Not" by Sarah Chen
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2nd: "The North" by Paige Street
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