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Mãori ensemble shares its love with Kauai

Last evening the Kauai Concert Association presented Atatmira, a dance collective from New Zealand that is touring the Hawaiian Islands and performing modern dance all evolved from the Mãori traditions and history. The performance was stunning and powerful. If you ever have the chance to see Atamira, then make sure you take the opportunity to do so. After the concert, KCA hosts a reception for KCA supporters and the artists and the Maori contingent was in full force. I learned from a Hawaiian woman sitting in front of me during the performance (she had come over from Oahu to see the group a 2nd time) that the Hawaiians and Maori people are distant cousins and they all originated from the same area of the world. The performers from Atamira stated the same thing at the reception. Then Atamira serenaded all the people at the reception with 3 beautiful Mãori chants/folksongs, one song of welcoming and two love songs. The small Hawaiian contingent in attendance, led by Sabra Kauka, a teacher of Hawaiian studies and culture then responded. Below is an excerpt of the Hawaiian response along with a picture of the Maori troop performing. To see these two cultures exchange this ancient form of communication and share their love with each other was both breathtaking and inspiring. Ahh, a nice evening of culture on the Garden Island. And people often ask us if we get "island fever?" I think not!

Ron Margolis, RA, CDPE, ABR Hawaii Life Real Estate Services 808.346.7095 email: ron@hawaiilife.com

Comment balloon 0 commentsRonnie Margolis • February 14 2008 02:47PM