Thursday, June 25, 2009

cousins - don't they look alike?

Our baby sister lives in Hawaii. She married a Hawaiian man she met in California and eventually they moved to Hawaii and have raised their kids there on Oahu. We got a chance to go to church, have dinner with their family and spend the evening with them.
Here's Brady and Kamalei - don't they look like they come from the same gene pool?The girls had just returned from girl's camp and had woven these lovely shade hats. Kamalei thought it would be a good fashion statement for Brady.The girls are hula dancers. Not just your average, neighborhood dance studio hobbyists, but really expert dancers that compete in international competitions. The nice thing is that they perform on command for family. Kamalei and Kokia danced for us in an impromptu performance in their living room. These adorable girls are just 14 and 17 years old. The video is a little dark, but you can tell how good they are and how strong they are. And there is a proud mom and dad in the background.

They tried to teach Melanie and Roxanne some moves. Melanie gave it a good try. I should have taken some video of her. Her hips were trying to hula, but her shoulders and her feet had a little too much hip hop in them.

Here's Dave and Kiona: We got a serenade from Colin:

Melanie and Kamalei:

Rachel and Kokia:

I'm happy the kids got to renew some friendships with their cousins. They don't get to see each other often enough.


Cathy said...

That's so neat! My mom taught hula when I was really young, I remember wearing a grass skirt when she was teaching us, I think I was 3! They had lived in Hawaii for a couple of years, came back a couple months before I was born!

Lauri said...

How fun to see the pics of Coty and her family. It's been 10 years since I've spent any amount of time with them. Loved the "performance" you recorded...there's nothing as beautiful as a Hawaiian dance.

Nanna said...

Cindy, Coty just told me the other day how much she and her family enjoyed their visit with you guys. I loved the pictures. Thank you for the video of the girls doing the hula. I never have got to see them, have to say it brought tears to my eyes.

Megan said...

What a fun trip! Sounds like you all had a great time.
I have so you think you can dance recorded, if you want to make a trip to Utah to see it.:)

CaliZona said...

What a fantastic family trip! Thanks for sharing the utterly beautiful dance from two beautiful nieces. Well done.

Suzanne Barker said...

I have to say the dancing was so beautiful, it made me cry! What a special talent. They are so graceful. I wish I had done some video of the mexican dancers I blogged on.