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While we are waiting at EWR on our way to MCO

We have finally have some time to write our blog, and have the girls share their thoughts.

Lauren:  I never really got my hot dog from a New York hot dog stand ): But Marissa surprised me with a stuffed animal hot dog from the Toy’s R’ Us in Times Square that I get to keep forever (:

Marissa: I miss my family and friends and I can’t wait until I see them but at the same time I don’t want to go to. The “Spread a little Aloha” tour is very fun I enjoy it because I can do what I love, hula, and share it with people! I can’t wait to dance for the hospital in Florida. My favorite performance was the Senior Center it made me feel good because one of the ladies said we made her day. All the performances were fun I can’t believe the tour is almost over!

Danielle: The performance at Ridge Street School was my favorite performance so far because I met new friends and they can dance. ;D Haha, I’m looking forward to the performance at the Children’s Hospital! 🙂

Neimy: It was cool seeing Bruno Mars very close. It was funny seeing my hula sisters screaming for him and actually seeing him wave at us!! Yesterday, we went to New York for  shopping. We took a picture at the American Eagle store and we got to be on the big screen where everybody can see.

Christina W: During this trip, a lot of cool and funny stuff happened. My top three favorites were 1. Performing at the Ridge Street School because I wasn’t expecting the kids there to be really friendly. They were very appreciative for what we did and they were all excited to get up and dance hula with us. 2. I loved going to the Today Show to watch Bruno Mars sing live because he is an awesome singer!! I love Bruno Mars….. Well, not as much as Kanoe apparently. LOL. 3. I also loved performing at the Ho’olaule’a because I found it very interesting to watch other halau’s show their dances. Thank you Kumu for making this tour happen, to the chaperones for always watching over us and keeping us in check, and to my parents for letting me go and help me fundraise the money. Thank you!

Jenny: My 3 favorite things on this trip were shopping for the homeless shelters, bonding with my hula sisters, and performing at the Ridge Street School. While we were shopping for the homeless shelters, I kept thinking how much they would appreciate all of the things we bought for them. Some of the girls that I wasn’t really friends with before, I am now super close with. Performing at the Ridge Street School was fun because all of the kids were our age and were very friendly. I’m really excited for Florida!

Tiffany: My three favorite activities on this trip were going to the Ridge Street School, shopping, and going to see Bruno Mars. At the Ridge Street School the kids were so nice there. I made some really good friends there that I will always remember. For shopping I loved going to New York to shop,but I also loved shopping for the shelters. Just recently we saw Bruno Mars. It was such a great experience seeing him! He is one of my favorite artists so it was sooo cool!! Next stop Florida!!!

Sydney: This trip has been amazing so far. I really loved being an impact on other people. Every show we performed in the people started out uncomfortable with us, but by the end of the show we would win them over. I really enjoyed spending time with my hula sisters, and spreading ALOHA. I have bonded better with them, and have made so many inside jokes. The most funny thing is when Allison and Kiana are sleeping. I also loved shopping in New York! I was also super happy that we went to DC. I didn’t get to go with my 8th grade class, so this was so much fun! I can’t wait to make more memories during the last few days of this trip! I love everyone like family!  P.S. I think it is so funny that I am the one who always gets my group up in the morning:P I always seem to get up at the right time:))

Kate: This trip has been really fun so far.  I really enjoyed performing at Ridge Street School and waking up at 4 am to go to the Today Show and see Bruno Mars perform. It has really been great being able to perform for schools and homeless shelters.  Also, shopping in New York was soo much fun although it was really crowded, it was still a great time with my hula sisters also.  Throughout all the performances we have done, we have always got nice compliments which was really cool and the audience really enjoyed the performance.  All hula sisters have grown a stronger bond with one another which is really good and it has been great going around the world Spreading a Little Aloha.

Jordan: I’m having so much fun so far. I really liked the shows at Ridge Street School. We went on a train and  I sat in front of Kiana and Danielle. Now Kate and Danielle are trying to poke me “undercover” (: We have lots of inside jokes and fun car rides…SUPER KETCHUP!!!!

Kimberlee: This trip has been really great so far! I really loved all the shows we performed at. Free day in New York was a blast! Actually seeing Time Square in person was AMAZING (: Even seeing Bruno Mars in person was so great and amazingly hot! I love love love love BRUNO MARS <3 But most importantly I enjoyed spending time with my hula sisters, hula moms & dads and Kumu. The car rides were fun because all of us would just sleep, laugh and play with Leiola..  I’m very grateful for this trip.

Allison:  I’m having a lot of fun on this trip so far. I loved dancing at the different shows and making a difference. I loved going to New York and seeing Bruno Mars. But Time Square was really amazing. I loved shopping and seeing the different buildings. At our performances, I think its great that we were able to change people’s opinion of us. During the car rides, airplane flights, subway rides, and train rides, I have a lot of fun just talking to my hula sisters. I’m very grateful for all the adults coming with us and supporting us. I’m glad I could come on this trip and that I could change people’s lives.

Kanoe: Oh my goodness!  This trip is so fun and eye-opening!  I loved dancing at Ridge Street School!  They’re so funny and taught me and my hula sisters how to dance like the kids on the east coast! Our car rides are so crazy.  Jenny and Tiffany are always dancing and Kiana, Allison and Sydney are crashed out in the back!  It was so awesome when we got hot dogs and pretzels served to our car!  My all-time favorite part of this trip was getting to see Bruno Mars(my husband)! He’s sooo cute!  He waved at us and gave us a shaka! So awesome!!!!  Can’t wait to go to Florida! Five Dollar Foot Long!!!!!!!!…..

Jasmine: I’ve had so much fun on this trip! It’s been really awesome being able to travel to all these different cities and “spreading a little aloha”. The best feeling is after performing and watching everyone smile and thank us for coming. My favorite part of the tour so far has been New York! Seeing Times Square was amazing. And we saw Bruno Mars on the Today Show!! He smiled and we made eye contact. Pure greatness. Ridge Street School was the best audience ever, the kids taught us (or tried to) how to dance like them, which is like the complete opposite of hula. Although I miss my family and friends, I’m grateful that I’ve had the chance to experience all that we have and bond with my hula sisters. Woohooo, Florida here we comeee!!!!!!!

Kiana: The “Spread a Little Aloha Tour” has been so much fun! I miss my family and friends but I’ve enjoyed everything that we have done. We only have one stop left, Orlando Florida. I’m so excited. My favorite performance was the performance at Ridge Street School where the audience were so friendly. We met and made a lot of new friends that we can connect on with Facebook! For favorite free time activity, my favorite ever was the Bruno Mars show. It was so much fun! Most of the time I was laughing at Kanoe who was crying so hard the whole time:) This trip has been awesome and I’m so glad that it’s  not over yet!

Mackenzie: Hi everyone!!!! I just want to say that this trip has been so much fun and very eye opening. I realized that the people in the more high poverty areas have appreciated what we are doing the most. It makes me so happy when I see all of the smiles after we perform. My favorite performance was at Ridge Street School. The audience was so happy and cheerful, and we even got to talk to some people and make new friends after the performance. I loved to see how nice and happy they were. I absolutely loved seeing Bruno Mars live!!! He smiled and waved at us and it was just so much fun. I made sure to get presents for family(even joey(: ) and friends when shopping in New York!! We even got out picture on the American Eagle jumbo tron! I can’t wait to go to Florida! It’s going to be as much fun as the rest of the tour has been. I have gotten so much closer to my hula sisters along the way. I am so grateful for all of the chaperones and people who have organized the trip. It means a lot to all of us that they would drive us around and care for us on the tour. Thank you so much! I can’t wait to come home and see everyone. Bye!

Cristina T.: We have gone to so many places and done so many performances and spread so much aloha. When we perform in the high poverty places everybody is always so appreciative and they always participate which makes me feel really good about what i am doing. My favorite part of all of this is bonding with my hula sisters, I finally feel accepted by everyone and I know that wherever i turn people will not leave me out anymore. I can not wait to come back home! miss you mommy, daddy, and pey-pey! bye!

Kaela:I just got off the phone with my parents. It was nice to talk to them again (Hi Mom and Dad! :D) These past two weeks have been so much fun! Like seeing Bruno Mars on the Today show making new friends at Ridge Street school and even shopping at Forever 21 in Times Square. But the performances were amazing! I loved preforming at the Ridge Street school. I meet two awesome new friends: Alexis and Jonathan. Now it’s off to Florida! I can’t wait for the hospital gig! 😀 See you guys when I get home!!! Bye for now!

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