Beach Walk 760 – Hula Lesson with Lopaka

This episode was sponsored by the Maui Visitors Bureau.

We’re on Maui for the Celebration of the Arts at the Ritz-Carlton Kapalua. Come take a hula lesson with us from Kumu Hula Lopaka Bukoski.

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I was hired by the Maui Visitors Bureau to assemble a team of new media bloggers and podcasters to participate in a week-long press trip to Maui. You are the lucky beneficiaries! In this first episode, filmed on-site at the Ritz-Carlton Kapalua, you get to meet my kumu hula, or hula teacher, Lopaka Bukoski. I think you will be mesmerized by his knowledge, his lyrical use of Hawaiian chanting and language, and of course by the dancing! In Hawaiʻi, many of the kumu are men, and just like in this class, both men and women are hula practitioners. By the way, you can see the staff of the Ritz-Carlton performing in the lobby especially for this weekend of Hawaiian culture at the end of this episode.

Learn more about the Celebration of the Arts here, and please go explore the VisitMauiBlog for more stories, photos, and videos of our week on Maui. It is the perfect way to spend a little time on Maui and to plan your next vacation or business retreat. Mahalo nui to the Maui Visitors Bureau for inviting us to be their guests.

Hawaiian word:
Hula: dance

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This episode was sponsored by the Maui Visitors Bureau.

Beach Walk 757 – Waves Washing Over Us

This walk on the beach in Maui is a type of shadow play and a rare glimpse of seeing Secret Cameraman at work!

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This is a little venture into avante garde film-making, as the camera perspective and what you see on screen is a bit unusual. No talking, just walking and some gorgeous waves here to wash away whatever shadows may be dogging any of us. On a side note, I had the most fun interview ever with Dave Moyer and Kym Huynh of Wordcast Conversations and they got me all energized to post a new episode! I’ll post the link to it when it goes live.

Please visit Kenneth Makuakane’s web site to learn more about his new CD, The Dash. I think his music works perfectly in this episode and he is so generous to share it with us.

Hawaiian word:
hoʻoaka: to cast a shadow

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Beach Walk 752 – Random Lexi Dogg

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I am out of town and left my intended footage back on my main hard drive so I found this remnant from last winter! It’s got a mood to it I think, and it’s dedicated to dog lovers and long shadows everywhere. The sound is minimal – just the sweet romancing rhythms of gentle late afternoon waves. Co-mingled with Lexi’s steady breathing, and a reminder from my friend Lola Jones to “breathe for pleasure.” I hope we at Beach Walks can cast a shadow of grace on you today. Mahalo for your patience in our absence.

Hawaiian word:
hoʻoaka: to cast a shadow

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Beach Walk 740R – Memorial Day in the Pacific

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We originally filmed this episode for Memorial Day in 2006. But it clearly stands out as a timeless message, and represents the true magic of Beach Walks. It is all completely unscripted, no shot list, we just showed up and worked as fast as we could before the sun set. Sometimes, you know the universe is on your side.Today’s show was filmed at the Hawaii Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific. 50,000 leis were donated, and over 100 young Boy Scouts placed a lei and a flag on each gravestone. I was quite stirred to be in the presence of death while smelling the sweet scent of plumeria lei. Though most of those buried here are from modern wars, this “punchbowl” of an ancient volcano was the site of Hawaiian aliʻi burials and human sacrifice of those who violated the kapu or taboos.

Hawaiian words:
Puowaina: _hill of sacrifice_
Kaua: _war_
Kapu: _taboo_
Maluhia: _peace_

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Beach Walk 737 – Uber Shaman & His Pups

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As I have said many times before, “you meet the coolest people on the beach in Hawaiʻi!” Today we met Chris SantaCroce, aka Uber Shaman. It was his birthday, and he was starting the day at the beach with his puppies. He is a renaissance man – doing a number of things with his talents, and in a beach walks kind of way, spreading cheer and consciousness and geekiness to those he meets! To him, I was “that lady who walks the beach?” Yes, whenever I can!

Hawaiian word:
Kahakai: _beach_

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