Carneval of Cultures in Berlin

Dear Friends!

The Karneval der Kulturen parade was hard work: Dancing in the hot sun for hours…. (Actually I didn’t make it and dropped down soon, but the other ladies were doing fine all the time). We combined forces with other Polynesians and their families. So our contribution was Papalina and Anapau. We learned some Cook Island, Samoan and Tongaen dances – but the most astonishing feature were the husbands and sons of the Polynesian ladies: They had practiced hard to perform the Haka. They really did well and the audience appreciated it very much.

Only a week later we went to the Bewegte Welten (Worlds moving) Event: Many dancing groups representing all parts of the world. The most special part of this event were the Tileaf Skirts: Almost everybody questioned us to where we had those skirts from and we were extremely proud of them. Thank you all so much for having showed your love and helpfulness by making and sending these skirts.

Our next task was the Polynesian Festival in Sachsenbrunn. This was more like a big family gathering and party, our educational goals were somehow out of place here, but we tried our best and performed Huki ike kalo, Ha’aheo O Hana, Kawika and Ula no weo, later we also did Papalina, Ka Paniolo Nui O Moloka’i, Ho’ola Lahui Hawaii and Aloha Kaua’i. Today Sonja, one of the Halau members asked us to perform at a Qigong Congress. The theme of the conference is Mother Earth, so we’ll do Papalina, Anapau and Ho’ola Lahui Hawai’i.

I’m looking forward to seeing at least some of you soon and to hearing about the Washington Event!

All the best wishes from Luana Na Manu I Hula Alapa’i A Berlin,

Luana Baumann