Weekend campout strengthens bond for youth halau
Wet weather forecast for the weekend of July 13-15 did not alter plans for a three-day campout at Puu Mahoe’s D.T. Fleming Arboretum in Ulupalakua.
Kumu hula Napua Greig’s youth halau, Na Lei Kaumaka O Uka, composed of 22 teenage students along with parents, siblings and halau assistants (65 total participants), coordinated a weekend campout ahead of the Keiki Hula competition on Oahu.
The purpose of the weekend was to strengthen the bond between the girls and their families as they get to know each other better.
The weekend included a morning of instruction and planting of 50 trees into the arboretum, reforesting a newly cleared area in the arboretum, followed by dance practice along with Lauae fern lei-making to help prepare parents to make lei for performances.
An afternoon of games, such as egg in a spoon, sack hopping, volleyball and three-legged races, with pairs tied together at their ankles, added laughter, athletics and bonding. The games were selected to benefit the balance and coordination of dancing skills.
“Exquisite weather, great organization, people and purposeful events, supporting the Hawaiian culture and native forests made for the largest, most fun successful weekend ever for Puu Mahoe,” said Puu Mahoe project director Martha Vockrodt-Moran.