Photo: Nohea - Charming
This little hula dancerʻs smile is contagious. Four-year-old Jessica Lei wears a raffia palm skirt and adornments made from Palapalai ferns - one of the native plants considered precious to Laka, goddess of the Hawaiian hula.
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Photo: Hālo'alo'a - Resounding
This Hawaiian man recites a genealogical chant while performing a traditional hula dance. His cape, made from dried Tī leaves, will help protect him from the harsh sun.
Photo: Kaikamahine Hula Li'ili"i - Little Hula Girl
Little Jessica Lei captured my heart when she and her hula hālau (troupe) performed for an international crowd in Wailea, Maui. She was only four years old and usually half-step behind the rest of her older hula sisters.
This style of hand-colored film photography, which I call Hawaiian Heirloom Portraiture offers indigenous families a way to preserve the look of their own cultural heritage while recognizing their "Hawaiianness".
© www.randyjaybraun.com
#historythursday Curator: +Matt Shalvatis 
#blastfromthepast Curator(s): +Cheryl Cooper +Mark Rodriguez +Isabelle Fortin
Photo: Ualaniʻs Sunset - Maui, Hawaii
Often during the final moments of a shoot I will pull out my cumbersome old camera - the Fujifilm 617 - which is hard enough to hand-hold, let alone shoot action. And so on this image I cheated and asked Ualani to hold her pose.
As a stock photo, this image has had great success. Designers appreciate the anonymous dancer, and the open space so that text may pe positioned. I find it now on greeting cards, and in magazine ads, etc.
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#filmfriday curated by +SE Blackwell & +Mark Bottoms
Photo: Kahiki Nui - A place name for an area of south Maui island of Hawai'i
Born and raised in Lahaina, dancer Kanoe is an expert in hula kahiko (ancient hula) and in oli (the ancient chant of Hawaii). Kanoe was the first person ever to earn a perfect score in the Hawaiian language segment Hula Pakahi hula competition, an island-wide solo hula competition formerly held in Wailea.
In her dance, Kanoe describes a historically significant area of land on the shores of Southeast Maui - Kahiki Nui - which was once heavily populated by Hawaiians. Kanoe wears a pa'u/pā'ū skirt traditionally pounded from strips of tree bark. Her leis are woven from Palapalai ferns gathered from the forest in Iao Valley. Palapalai ferns are a traditional offering to Laka, the goddess of the hula.© www.RandyJayBraun.com
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Kaikamahine Hula Li'ili"i - Little Hula Girl
Little Jessica Lei captured my heart when she and her hula hālau (troupe) performed for an international crowd in Wailea, Maui. She was only four years old and usually half-step behind the rest of her older hula sisters.
This style of hand-colored film photography, which I call Hawaiian Heirloom Portraiture offers indigenous families a way to preserve the look of their own cultural heritage while recognizing their "Hawaiianness".
© www.randyjaybraun.com
#historythursday Curator: +Matt Shalvatis
#blastfromthepast Curator(s): +Cheryl Cooper +Mark Rodriguez +Isabelle Fortin
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