“16 years ago I got the opportunity to compete in my first hula competition, it was E Hula Mau in Irvine, Ca. I was only 16 years old, but it had a profound impact on my life. After dancing hula for the previous 3 years, I knew I enjoyed it and I had a lot of fun. However, the turning point for me, was during that September weekend so long ago. Hula became a part of me, it’s difficult to put into words, but it’s like a piece of my heart was forever taken. Just like when you have a child. I know this now more than ever because I am a mother of two amazing little girls. My daughters are now hula dancers and they really enjoy it and have a lot of fun.
Until about 2 weeks ago, my oldest daughter got the opportunity to compete with me in her first hula competition. It felt like coming full circle because the competition was E Hula Mau as well. Watching my daughter experience the same emotions and developing the same friendships with her hula sisters was incredible. I knew at that moment that hula had also stolen a piece of her heart and I am forever grateful.”