Have a hankering
Dancer forms club to share
By MEGAN THOMAS
Express Staff Writer
The Wood River Valley may have it
all, except the smell of sea salt, crashing waves, miles of sandy
beaches and dancers in grass skirts and leis. Things are about to
"I love hula. Hawaii is a part of
me and my being, and it is a beautiful thing to share" explained Eana
Rose. Rose recently arrived in the Wood River Valley after living in
Kauai, Hawaii, for the last 21 years. Now she is "excited to continue on
with what I love about Hawaii in the mountains." She is looking to share
her love of Hawaiian culture with the valley.
Eana Rose dances the ancient
Kahko form of hula dancing.
Rose is forming a hula club to
share her knowledge of the hula and Hawaiian culture. The club will meet
for the first time at 5 p.m. today at the Art of Dance Studio in
Ketchum. The club is open to teenagers and adults who are curious to
learn more about hula.
Rose will share basic hula steps,
but she will also incorporate the stories, chants and philosophies
behind the dance. Students will soon learn hula is about more Hawaiian
heritage than exotic women and swaying hips.
Each hula is deeply cultural and
tells its own story. The unique form of storytelling incorporates dance
movements with mele, or chanting, in order to recount legends and
lessons. Rose will teach basic Hawaiian alphabet chanting to those
The first dance the club will
learn is the "Heakua malihini Pele o ka la" hula. This basic hula tells
the story of the fire goddess Pele. Together the dance and chant explain
how the goddess made her way from Tahiti to Hawaii in search of a home.
Students will also learn the "I
Ku’u One Hahau" hula. Rose explained this dance praises the water and
Earth for their support of the Hawaiian Islands. Rose compared the
Hawaiian legend to the importance of the environment to the valley,
saying the story "honors the way we are sustained by our environment and
is applicable to Sun Valley and our surroundings here."
In addition to learning about
Hawaiian culture, students will reap the physical benefits of the dance.
Rose explained "the purpose (of hula) is to bring up the fire of lower
body energy." This form of Hawaiian dancing isolates the hip joints and
strengthens the entire muscular system.
Rose does not label herself as a
teacher. This title is a prestigious honor reserved for an elite few.
Instead, she explained, she is an experienced student of the practice
who was given permission to share her knowledge with others.
She studied Huna, the spiritual
philosophy of Hawaii and the hula, with teachers Roselle Bailey and
Naomi Yakatake. Hearing Rose speak of her training it is evident each
teacher played a vital role in her experience. Rose’s respect for her
teachers obviously plays into her own enthusiasm for wanting to share
with others. Her passion for Hawaii is palpable and emerges in other
aspects of her life as well.
This hula enthusiast also
practices Lomi Lomi massage. Lomi Lomi is an ancient bodywork technique
that melds massage with hula and chanting techniques. She is now
practicing this massage technique in the valley.
Rose believes there is a "rainbow
connection between Hawaii and Sun Valley." With the new hula club in the
works others will be able to share in this special connection.