“ʻO koʻu home nei kai ʻupu aʻe ai nā manaʻo e pono ai.” wahi a Manaola Yap.
ʻO ko Manaola ʻaoʻao hula kekahi mea e pā ana i kona aloha ʻāina.
“No laila ko mākou makemake e hōʻike hula aku. Pili ke mele mua i ka mauna ʻoiai ke koʻikoʻi o ka hana i uka laila i kēia wā me nā kiaʻi e kū ana no ka mauna. ʻOiai ʻaʻole mākou ma ka mauna, he kākoʻo kēia ma kekahi ʻano i kūpono no mākou. ʻO ia hoʻi ka hula.” wahi a Manaola.
“Ma o ka hula hiki ke kū kiaʻi mauna. Hiki ke hoʻolaha i ka lehulehu i nā ʻano a pau o ka mauna.” wahi a Nāmakana Davis-Lim.
Pēlā i manaʻo like ai kekahi mau poʻe hula hou aku, nāna i hōʻea mai no ka hula ma ka Mele Manaka. Ua piʻi aku nei kekahi o lākou i Maunakea ma kēia pule me ka manaʻo e kākoʻo a hoʻomana aku i ka mauna.
Wahi a Nāmakana, “Kū ʻo ia ma ke ʻano he piko no kēia ʻāina. No laila, waiwai loa kēia manawa e kākoʻo iā ia ʻoiai mau no kona kākoʻo iā mākou, ka poʻe o kēia ʻāina.”
“For me, I find my inspiration from here, on Hawaiʻi Island because it’s my home.” says Manaola.
Manaola, as a hula practitioner, also draws inspiration for hula from this special place.
“So we thought it appropriate to perform. Our first opening piece that we did was pertaining to the mauna. Especially because of what’s going on right now with the “kū kiaʻi mauna”…. Showing our support in a different way, although we can’t be on the mauna, we chose to do it in a way that we know how. And that’s through the hula.” says Manaola.
“Our hula is a way to stand and support the efforts. It’s a way to raise awareness about our beloved mountain.” says Nāmakana Davis-Lim.
Other hula practitioners in HIilo for Merrie Monarch made their way up to Maunakea to share this similar sense of aloha.
“Maunakea is the piko for our island of Hawaiʻi and we can all play a part in various ways to mālama aku.” says Nāmakana.