Just recently my aunt (hula teacher) graduated her first class of students. She has always had a class that she was grooming and we always started and never finished. I hated it. It was like a dog and pony show. I felt like I had to learn so many things....stop, and start all over again. I got so tired of it. It was like a dog chasing his tail. Well, she finally followed through and graduated a group of students that started in her school 4 years after I did. Now they can become hula teachers.
I am of hawaiian decent and I feel as if I have abandoned my own culture. I use to study hula and hawaiian stuff but I gave it up because of my hatred for doing so much and getting nowhere. I was always counted on to do the most work for the group and yet I was never rewarded with a title or position. Everyone wants to be recognized. Insted my labels were, "Randy's wife" or "Rolanda's niece". I never had my own identitiy. I feel as if I am an enemy to my own culture. I do not go to hawaiian functions or festivals anymore. I still eat hawaiian food though.
I took my daughter to visit my old high school and the dirt track that I had the privelge of running on. After 21 years that track is still made of red dirt. I then took her past my elementary school and stomping grounds, (the local mall)
Later on that day,my brother took us to the winward mall. Along the way we had to drive past the old pali road. That road was really scarey. It is a dark road that winds through a path of overgrown foilage and trees. There are myths of cars stalling on that road and the driver and the passengers were never found. Rumors say that there is an old man that lives along that road and kills all those who stop or stall along that road.
We then hit the beach. I took them to swim at the beach where I grew up. It is called "walls" there is this mossy wall that you swim out to during the high tide. When the water comes to wet the wall you can run along it and slide on the moss. During high tide it is difficult to make it to the wall because the waves and the current push you back or pull you under. We made it after a bit of cuts and bruises and nearly drowning episodes.
Today, my sister flys in from Maui. Hoorah! When she gets here all the siblings will be together again! Party time!
So, my brother is getting married and I was not planning on going home for the wedding. But when I spoke to my mom on mother's day she told me that she wants me and my kids to fly home for the wedding. I was like huh? How am I going to afford that?? Well, her solution was for me to book the flight and she would pay for it!
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The flight over was brutal. My back was really hurting and it was difficult to sleep. We sat near the restrooms so you can imagine the smell. It just seemed thtat the last hour in flight everyone decided to take a CRAP. That was the most horrible part of the flight.
Getting here to the house was great. It is sooooo much cooler here than it is back in Los Angeles. Jordan and I got to our room and there was this HUGE breeze and it felt soooo good.
We got up this morning and went to the local 24 hour fitness gym to workout. When we got back my dad had breakfast all ready. Awww man! This is the life! This IS vacation!!
On the last day of our trip my mom made hawaiian food. Yum! That was good. I wish I took a picture of all the food but I didnt . Sorry...Anyhow there was one dish called Luau. Yes, it sounds like the word meaning the hawaiian show but Luau actually means feast. Anyhow luau is made with leaves from the taro root. My parents dont eat the taro because if they did they would not have any leaves left. They are so funny. The root is the best part of the plant.
Continuing on.... you have to boil the leaves long enough because undercooked leaves contain spiney fibers that scratch your throat. It is a very uncomfortable feeling. Sometimes the fibers get embedded in to the soft tissues of your mouth and throat and stay with you for hours. My mom made sure that she boiled them long enough. I think she had them in there for about 4 hours! I didnt care. The longer the better. I only ate a little of it but my sister had seconds.
Later that night my sister said, "look what I found in my luau." It was a little snail shell. I was like, "ooooo... a PRIZE!!" She said, "NO! this is from the back yard." I was like, "huh?" She said, "yeah, mom and dad grow their own leaves and pulled these from the back yard." "EWWW!!! If you show mom maybe she will tell you that you could keep it as a souveniour. ha ha." Well our mom, did not say such things. Instead she appoligized and was embarassed.
I told my sister... "I would not worry so much about the shell. I just wonder where the occupant went." When we got back to our homes (Maui and California) we both had the stomach flu. Hmm... I wonder what we could have eaten?