The Ha (Breath) of Writing Workshop with Frances Kai-Hwa Wang
- Friday, February 21st: 7 - 8:30 pm "When the Lava Meets the Sea" Performance/Reading. Frances Kai-Hwa Wang reads from her chapbook of the same name. Her writings about Hawaii tell what happens when “the pain and longing of life on the continent meets the wondrous, dynamic world of Hawaii’s Puna Coast.” A masterful storyteller, she brings you straight to the heart of the natural wonders, cultures, and colorful characters that captivate and move us all. Halau i Ka Pono dancers honor Pele, the Volcano Goddess on the Big Island with classical hulas and chants. $10 Halau and ZLMC members and $15 for public. Free for those taking the Saturday Workshop.
- Saturday, Feb. 22nd: 9 am - 4:00 pm. The Ha(Breath) of Writing Workshop. If you have been scribbling poetry in secret journals for years or if you want to now begin a memoir for your grandchildren, it can take some time to find your voice or to have enough trust to show your writing to the world. Rather than waiting for the day when everything is perfect and finished, this writing workshop begins one day, one word, one breath at a time. Learn simple but powerful methods to get the ideas out of your head and onto the page and aligned with your heart. Then put it on your "ha," your breath, to make it real in this world. Short writing exercises, tips and tricks, including creating a space for writing, writing every day, reading aloud, training your mind to see detail, taking chances with emotion, writing from the heart, cultivating consistency, having fun with humor and flourishes, overcoming barriers to writing, living a creative life. Kumu June Tanoue will also be incorporating meditation and movement. Bring a notebook and pen. Dress comfortably. $125 for Halau and ZLMC members and $150 Public. Includes Friday night performance and Saturday lunch.
Frances Kai-Hwa Wang is a second-generation Chinese American from California who now divides her time between Michigan and the Big Island of Hawai‘i. She has worked in philosophy, anthropology, international development, nonprofits, small business start-ups, and ethnic new media. She team-teaches courses on civil rights activism, media and the law in Asian/Pacific Islander American Studies at the University of Michigan and University of Michigan Dearborn. She is a contributor for New America Media, Chicago is the World, Pacific Citizen, InCultureParent.com, and HuffPostLive. She has published two chapbooks of prose poetry, Imaginary Affairs—Postcards from an Imagined Life and Where the Lava Meets the Sea—Asian Pacific American Postcards from Hawai‘i, been included in several anthologies and art exhibitions, and has a multimedia artwork with Jyoti Omi Chowdhury entitled, “Dreams of the Diaspora,” in a Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center Indian American Heritage Project online and travelling art exhibition.
June Kaililani Ryushin Tanoue is a fourth-generation Japanese American from Hawaii who now lives in Chicago, IL. She has an MPH in Nutrition from the University of Hawaii. She is a Kumu Hula (master teacher of Hula) and an ordained Zen priest and Dharma Holder in the White Plum Lineage. She has taught hula for 9 years in Chicago and 7 years in New York City. She founded Halau i Ka Pono - The Hula School of Chicago in 2009.
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Halau i Ka Pono - The Hula School of Chicago
Halau i Ka Pono is a Hawaiian hula school in Chicago based in Oak Park, IL. June Kaililani Tanoue, Kumu Hula (master teacher), established the school in 2009. She is a student of Kumu Hula Michael Pii Pang who is in the hula lineage of Maiki Aiu Lake and Mae Kamamalu Klein.
Hula is the art of Hawaiian dance expressing all that we see, hear, taste, touch, and feel.
Halau translates as “meeting house or place of learning,” and i Ka Pono means “of goodness, well-being, righteousness.” Another way to say this is “place to cultivate the goodness.” Our purpose is to teach indigenous Hawaiian culture and stories through the joy of dance.
Hula and healing go hand in hand. The dance is a wonderful way to strengthen and get energy moving in the core muscles of the body. It connects us to the grounding energy of the earth and opens us to the warm spirit of Aloha. There are elements of mindful centering, flowing and breath-work involved in this Native Hawaiian dance form. All ages can benefit.