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“Ohana” Means Family

14 Jul

We kind of have this fascination with the Disney character Stitch.  Kat performs hula and so she likes to think of herself as Lilo.  Burton always seems to be a bit crabby when he does not get much sleep, so naturally we think of him as Stitch (or as he was named by one of the CRASH volunteers, “Stitchy”.

Disney’s Lilo & Stitch.

In the animated movie Lilo & Stitch, there is a line that goes like this, “Ohana means family.  Family means no one gets left behind or forgotten.”  For many, those words will be remembered as often as, “Hakuna Matata” or “Bibbidi Bobbidi Boo.”  However, when you are a part of a “hula ohana,” there is much greater meaning behind the idea of being a family.  As we think more about this idea, there is an even higher level of meaning behind being a part of a Christian gospel hula ohana.

Our hula ohana at the San Diego Japanese Christian Church wanted to do something special for the students learning gospel hula at Kat’s Friday class.  They helped purchase hula pa’u skirts for all the ladies.  These ladies have been learning gospel hula to “How Great is Our God” for several months now.  They are almost at a point where they can perform it for friends and family.  As a gift for all their hard work, they were presented with their own hula pa’u skirt.  Welcome to the ohana, ladies – No one gets left behind or forgotten!

Please enjoy these pictures showing the ladies receiving their gifts, which included a letter from the San Diego Japanese Christian Church.  Also enjoy a short video of the ladies performing How Great is Our God for the first time in front of the volunteers that were helping that day.

Kat presents the pa’u skirt gifts to her class.

Volunteers start to pass out the gifts to the class.

Faces of joy as several ladies receive their gift.

Ladies reading the letter that was provided with the gift.

Included with the letter is a picture of the hula ohana at the San Diego Japanese Christian Church.

One week later, many of the ladies wore their pa’u skirts!

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