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Thoughts from our kids on tour…

While on the train from Baltimore, MD to Newark, NJ, we passed the laptop through the last car and the girls were able to share a little about what they have been experiencing on this tour.  Not all of the girls were able to get their journal entry in before we reached New Jersey, so we will try to make another post in the morning. Makana- Over the past couple of days, we had some very exciting excursions. Although we could not make it to some of our events, we did get to partake in a performance to both the Alamo as well as the Amtrak. My favorite part of these days so far was actually the time in between that I got to take to bond with my hula family. I am very grateful for the opportunity to create happiness in others’ lives, whether by dancing or just helping them. However, I do miss my family, and I hope that they have a chance to read this. And thank you Kumu for this wonderful tour and all of the factors that we put in and receive from it. Jadyn- The past few days we had exciting gigs to participate in, and so far it has been exciting to do. My favorite part was meeting new people at the facilities we’ve been to. We also went to get shaved ice and we all got to bond more. Another thing that I liked during the tour was exploring the East Coast and having fun traveling adventures.   Isabella P.- Over the past 4 days of participating in our spread a little aloha tour there have been many exciting performances that were called and unexpected for. One of my favorite things that we have done so far is visiting the military base. I really enjoyed visiting this place because I would have never been able to have the opportunity to do this with my own family. This tour has given me many opportunities that I am so grateful for. I am currently typing this paragraph on a train, I’ve never been on a train before and from the outside it looks like it’s going very fast, but on the inside it’s kind of fast. Its pretty cool I’m having so much fun on this tour, I’m glad that we helped fundraise for this trip because it is just making my experience that much better. I Love It. Jalynne K – These past few days over the Spread a Little Aloha Tour has been really moving. I have not only bonded with my hula sisters, but I’ve met many people just by handing out promotion items and wearing our shirts. To see the look on their face when I describe our tour and what we do is really touching, These gigs we have done have been the best and I wouldn’t have it any other way. Our late nights have been such a good bonding experience and I am so much closer to my hula sisters. Its really hard to type and the computer is flying everywhere because I’m on a train. That’s Ok though! I am really grateful for what Kumu has done for us and I love her so much! Without her and the dedication of the girls, we wouldn’t have this tour but I’m so glad we do. Even though I’m missing my family, I know I’ll see them soon and I can’t wait to tell them about my journey. Mahalo nui loa and I’ll be writing again soon!   Sydney N. – Over the couple of days we have met so many people, and have visited many different places. It is very interesting to see how our aloha is affecting people, the cashier at Walmart commented, “We need more people like you.” That really made me strive to help more people in my daily life. I miss my family and work, but I am happy to know that I am helping people.   Krista Q. - I am so happy to be helping other people everyday and sharing the aloha spirit to everyone I meet. Not only have I grown from my experiences, but also the people that we are helping.   Marissa L.- These past few days have been so much fun. I have enjoyed making people smile through what I love to do. One of my favorite parts of this tour so far was going to the interfaith clothing store, where we folded and sorted clothing for those who don’t have the luxuries like we do. It really opened my eyes and made me realize how fortunate we are to have a new or freshly washed items of clothing everyday. I talked with this one lady and I helped her picked out a new purse, she seem so happy with her bag, and it made me realize that we should appreciate the little things in life. Overall, this trip has not only been fun, but it has been a learning experience.   Noelle D.- The past few days on tour have not only provided lots of bonding and learning time with my hula sisters and kumu, but have opened my eyes as well. I have met so many different people and been to so many new places. It has been great to serve others through dance, volunteer work and donations. It feels so good to give someone something they need or just make their day a little brighter. It has also been really fun to perform in seemingly strange places, like walmart, the rental car place at 3am (don’t ask,) and the railroad station. The people in these places always seem so surprised and happy to see hula, and it is great to make their day or night.   Kayla- First of all, I would like to thank Kumu for all that she has done for our hula family and making this Tour happen. She works so hard and teaches us this wonderful choreography that we share with our audiences. So over this trip we have already done 2-3 organized gigs but have done multiple pop up ones. I remember going to the Rehab Center today and seeing the people’s faces when we walked in. Somewhere joyous of this occasion while others seemed to not be happy with it. In the end of the gig everyone was cheering us on and we got to take pictures with everybody. This made me so happy just because I got to experience this with all of my hula sisters and that I could,” Making people smile through what I love to do.”(Quote from Marissa Ludwig)   Gabby C.- The first four days of tour have opened new doors in my life. The different organizations we have been to and helped, like the air force base have made a different impact on my life, some places the people look weary when we walk in but we all smile it off and by the end they take a bunch of pictures with us. Hula sister bonding has also been incredibly fun, playing at the pool and staying up late has made me learn a lot more about my hula family. Thank you Kumu for making this happen it has made a huge impact on my life.   Maddie L. – even though this is just the start of the tour, it already changed my life. Not only did I learn more about my other hula sisters, but I also learned more about hula. I learned how much hula actually means and what an impact it makes on other people. Hula bonding has been really fun for all of us to get to know each other more. I know as we go on with our tour, it will just make us happier about spreading our aloha. Thank you Kumu for having us go on this tour and it will greatly change my life   Julianna C- in the beginning of this tour when I got on the plane I thought about what it is gonna be like when I see these different places and states. When we first landed in new mexico and went to the airforce I had a really great time enjoyed seeing the kids and different people outside of California and when we left new mexico and went to Baltimore I loved helping out the people who were folding clothes it was very fun. My other favorite part of this trip was opening up to my hula sisters and bonding with them. I would like to say thank you kumu for making this tour happen as I have been on this tour I know this will change who I am and to become a better person and care for others outside of my home.   Isabela D- At the beginning of this tour I was very scared that I wouldn’t be able to make an impact on so many people. As we have gone along, Iʻve realized that every single small detail has impacted the lives of 100’s. We have talked to people In the streets, elevators, air force base, and gas stations about what aloha means. I would love to thank kumu for being so patient with me and taking me on this trip to help others.

4 comments to Thoughts from our kids on tour…

  • Thank you all! I was your rental agent at the Baltimore Alamo location your performance was wonderful in fact I have posted it on YouTube for you to enjoy just search Alamo/National you should be able to find it. You girls were so cheerful and happy at 3:30am it was a very welcome change! Thank you again hope to see you again someday.

    • kaui

      Aloha Amanda!

      It was absolutely, our pleasure to share our hula with you! After a long day of travel, it got all of us centered again. Thank you for being so pleasant, it makes such a difference. Alamo rental company should be grateful to have such a wonderful employee representing their company.

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