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Today I performed at a hula demonstration at the Del Mar Fair. It was the first time I’d performed in over 20 years. As my dear old friend Desiree used to say, "Nur Mut!" (German for "Only Courage!") Yes, it did take courage for me to get on that stage. Performing is not in my comfort zone. I had to command Shyness to step aside and allow Werewolverina, my wild inner dancer, to take over. And I did it!

I was in awe of my beautiful, gifted teacher, Lori, and all her lovely, hard-working students as we made the magic happen on this sultry July day at noon. The hula spirit could not have emerged, though, without the soulful Polynesian music- drums and ukulele, played by the Pride of Polynesia musicians.

I had goosebumps from the joyful rush of it; I’m so glad I took part. And to see John, Roy and Leo in the audience… my heart was in full hula.

We performed to He U`i by Danny Kua`ana ( Translation source: Garza-Maguire Collection). 

He u`i nô `oe ke `ike mai
He pua ho`oheno i ka lâ
`O `oe nô ka`u i aloha
He pua i milimili ai

`O `oe he pua i `ako `ia
He mea ho`opili i ka `ili
Nou ê ko`u mana`o
Ua `ohu i ka lei hînano

Mai none mai none mai `oe
Ku`u lei ê ho`okahi nô
Kou maka `eu`eu
He aha a`e nei kâu hana

Ha`ina mai ka puana
Ha`ina he u`i i ka lâ
`O `oe nô ka`u i aloha
He pua i milimili ai


You are beautiful to behold
In the sunlight you are like a lovely flower
You are mine to love
A flower to caress

You are a flower that has been plucked
Someone to hold close
Constantly do I think of you
Adorned with the hala blossom lei

Don't, oh don't tease me
My dearly beloved
Don't wink your naughty eyes
Can't you see what you are doing to me

Thus ends my song
My lovely flower in the sun
Dearly, do I love you
A flower to caress

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