Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Oh, We're Going To A Hukilau

The Hukilau 2010
Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

"A Hukilau is a traditional Hawaiian festival held in the fishing villages of old. A large net is cast into the sea to herd fish then the villagers slowly pull the net to the shore. The feast that follows is meant to emphasize the spirit of family and community, or 'ohana. Our mainland Hukilau is a metaphorical net thrown out to the entire world, bringing lovers of Polynesian Pop or Tiki culture together for our own special celebration."

I'm on the mailing list for this yearly festival and it is a dream of mine to be able to attend. I may not make it this year, but I will definitely be there next year! This year's events, to be held June 10th—13th, include the Master Mixologist Cocktail Challenge, the Sarong-O-Rama Fashion Show, Marina the Fire Eating Mermaid, the Hukilau Tiki Art Show, the Tiki Treasures Bazaar, the Jeff "Beach Bum" Seminar, parties galore and a lot more!

I have attended several hukilaus in my lifetime. We held several at Paradise Cove in Malibu, California when my family lived there in the 60s and, of course, I went to one in Hawaii with second husband. One day I'll have to pull out those pictures and scan them in to share with you.

The Hukilau Song was written by Jack Owens in 1948 after attending a luau in Laie, Hawaii. You can find one older version in my playlist and sing-a-long, the lyrics are below. Come on, you know you want to. Just fire up my Mixpod, pretend you're on a beautiful island in Hawaii, the sun is shining, ocean breezes are calling your name, the villagers are beginning to pull in the net and you're getting ready for a feast to begin!

Oh, we're going to a hukilau
A huki, huki, huki, huki, hukilau
Ev'rybody loves a hukilau
Where the laulau is the kau kau at the big luau

We'll throw our nets out into the sea
And all the ama ama come-a swimming to me
Oh, we're going to a hukilau
A huki, huki, huki, huki, hukilau
Ev'rybody loves a hukilau
Where the laulau is the kau kau at the hukilau

What a beautiful day for fishing
In the old Hawaiian way
All the hukilau nets are swishing
Down in old Laie Bay
Oh, we're going to a hukilau
A huki, huki, huki, huki, hukilau
Ev'rybody loves a hukilau
Where the laulau is the kau kau at the big luau

There now don't you feel better? Did you escape the winter blues for a minute? To find out more about this year's Hukilau in Fort Lauderdale click here. Who knows? Maybe I've see you there!

Since we're still waiting for our beach weather to return, I decided that visions of a Hukilau would be perfect to post for Outdoor Wednesday.


25 Thoughtful Comments:

Loui♥ said...

Oh Shelle..
after having just drug the trash cans to the curb in 15 degree weather..
I'm ready to go just about anywhere it's warm..
even in my dreams!
your surfing music and the thought of a hukilau..
eased the coldness..
just long enough..
for me to hop back into bed with the furbabies..
see you in an hour or so..
warmest hugs and laughing smiles..

Julie@beingRUBY said...

Hey Rhonda
Well it has just been too too hot here the last few days... with the temps not cooling at night.. aircon!! haha but today has cooled down nicely..

This sounds like a blast.. would love to go myself... I'd be very keen to attend the Jeff the "Beach Bum" Seminar .. sounds right up my alley!! Love that promo image too!!! xx Julie

CrazyCris said...

damn! that looks like fun! why weren't they doing that in Ft Lauterdale back when we lived there? :p

Ms. Bake-it said...

Oh how fun! I did not know about this festival! I might try to attend the festival this year. I could tie it in with my Keys vacation.


~ Tracy

George Gaston said...

Wouldn't it be marvelous if every community could have a metaphorical feast like this. A yearly event where all come together as one and celebrate what is good about their community. And then sharing that festive spirit all year long until the next celebration.

Lillian Robinson said...

I think we're having one here today... It's a balmy 30 degrees!

When you're ready to go to Hawaii, take me! Hey, that would be a great give-away!

Magdalena said...

Shellebelle, that sure sounds nice. What a great idea to bring people together for fun, food, drinks, music and a good time!! I actually felt a few moments of sun and warmth while I read your post, then I looked out at our rainy/snowy gloomy day (:...C'est la Vie
ps, Oliver doesn't have a google account so when he posts comments on your blog he will use mine and just sign his name...which knowing him, he is already doing LOL
Have a great day!!

The Muse said...

ooo...sounds like loads of fun!
pics, yes?
grass skirts?

Barbara said...

I think I dropped in on the right blog because I am with you 100%. I've been to a couple hukilau's on Maui...such fun!
And I live in Florida AND we spend a lot of time in the Caribbean. Does that qualify me as a reader?

Sue said...

I've never heard of this...but, it certainly sounds fun!


Sierra said...

Oh how much fun! I hope you enjoy yourself!!

Magdalena said...

Hi Shellbelle
I Gave you a award today.
Your Blog is magic like a dream come true.

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Coralie Cederna Johnson said...

Yes! Yes! I've heard of a hukilau and it sounds fabulous!!! Have a wonderful time!!!

The Fajdich Times said...

I loved your story. It sounds like a lot of fun. Would love to see your pictures. Congrats on being a winner of the beautiful dishes. You lucky girl:)

Ann said...

Great post! I think I do feel better. Looks like loads of fun.

Mary Bergfeld said...

This sounds like it could be enormous fun. I can remember Arthur Godfrey strumming his uke and singing the Hukilau song in the early days of televsion.

The Quintessential Magpie said...

My oldest godson's mother, a tenth generation Texan, speaks fluent Hawaiian and loves anything about Hawaii. This would be right up here alley! Sounds like a blast, Rhonda!

I am rushing to try and visit within a thirty minute window before I take off again. I feel like I'm hydroplaning! LOL!


Sheila :-)

Crystal said...

Hey Rhonda,
This sounds like a ton of fun. I would love to be somewhere with no snow and warm temps right now. Thanks for the quick reprise, if only for a moment.

Have a blessed week.

sealaura said...

ooh I had never heard of this, thanks for filling me in, now I want to go!! Hope you are having a great week.

Kristen said...

Have I reminded you lately how awesome I think you are?? No... okay, let me do so.

This post was super fun- I think I might just toss on a coconut bra and a grass skirt and whip up a fruity drink, stuff an umbrella in it and do homework in my family room, which I will pretend is Hawaii. Perfect :)

kayellen said...

I love it~~~

Kay Ellen

Grass Shack a fav song!!

eileeninmd said...

Aloha! It sounds wonderful and a lot of fun to me.

Bill said...

I DO feel better! Thank you for making us think of feasts and festivals and life in a tropical paradise!

My fingers are still freezing though ... time for some nice hot tea (so I can hold the mug ... as I'm thinking huki, huki, huki, huki, hukilau!).


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