[PERSONAL STORY] My big, fat Hawaiian celebration

It's always exciting to celebrate special occasions with family and friends.

Storytelling can take many forms, and one of my favorite forms is hula dancing.

A hula dance can never exist on its own. It always follows a song or chant, which usually tells a story. The dance is the visual interpretation of the story.

Dancing and teaching kids hulaDancing and teaching kids hula

In August (2022), I got to celebrate with family and friends during a big outdoor Hawaiian jam session. We played music on ukuleles, sang Hawaiian songs, and danced hula. 

(Even though I’m ethnic Chinese, I was born and raised in Honolulu. Can you tell?)

I thought I’d share a bit and celebrate with you.

fam and friends 1
fam and friends 2Family and friends

How do you tell your stories?

How do you share your history?

How do you celebrate your experiences?

I’d love to hear. 

Of course, if you’d like to share your stories in a book, I’m happy to explore.

It was my first time gathering with family and friends like this in a very long time.

I hope you have time to celebrate with your loved ones too.

Let me know if you’d like to connect about your book project.

Aloha and mahalo!

by Helen Chang, ABM Editorial Director

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