Summer is in full swing for the boyz. After a week “recovering” from the school year and our HI trip (I still have a TON of pictures to post) we are back in the swing of things. Our first highlight of the week was our boys first swimming lessons. The boys LOVE the pool so we have a pass for a local pool and we spend most of the time there on a big slide or running around the shallow end. However, the boys started a two week swim course and are loving it – glad to see!
Now, the BIG EVENT of the week was the Polynesian Culutral Center’s performance at a nearby convention center. We had seen the “HA: The Breath of Life” Performance last year in Hawaii and since my wife and I both worked at the Center and actually met there, we were very excited to see the show.
There was also an appearance by Kap Te’o Tafiti, or “Kap” who was one of the main perfomers in the Samoan Show (coconut husking and tree climbing) at the PCC and regularly performed the fire knife dance finale in the evening show.
Just like last year, the boys LOVED the show. I didn’t realize that the PCC’s Performing Team would be doing the entire “HA” show (the main evening show) but they did and it was FANTASTIC. Just like last year, the boys got so excited to see the fire knife dancing and after the show, we were (again) one of the last families to leave since the kids wanted pictures with the performers.
Twin A was so funny though. We took a picture with a few of the male dancers and were ready to leave when he asked, “what about pictures with the girls?” So, we got in line for one of the dancers but he quickly pulled us aside and said, “No, she’s not my favorite.” So, that started a hunt for his ‘favorite’ dancer. Hilarious.
The boys are getting a lot better at communicating with people, developing eye contact, and holding conversations. . . especially about “Angry Birds” or now, the favorite is “Super Mario Galaxy.” The last picture we took was with the lead in the show who plays “Mana.” Mana and one of the other dancers picked the boys up and the boys were SO EXCITED. It was great to see – I wish this picture turned out better because their expression was priceless. The performers for the show were so friendly and outgoing, it really made an impression on the kiddos and it was SO REFRESHING to see versus other places we’ve visited where, you can tell, the person would rather be doing something else.
The boys and I accompanied my daughter to a “Keiki Hula” (kid’s hula) class in a nearby town. The class is hosted by Kaipo, a friend from Maui who also worked with my wife dancing hula at the Polynesian Cultural Center. I’m grateful that the kids have taken a liking to the dances and arts that are part of their culture and heritage.
Tip of the Week: I’ve missed doing the ‘tip of the week ‘ for the past few weeks with school out. I’ve got an idea we are trying this week so I will work on it and report back! Have a great week and ALOHA~