Hopatcong Woman's Club gets cultural lessons from Hawaiian native
The Hopatcong Woman's Club was treated to an enjoyable and informational talk on the islands of Hawaii by Mahaelani (goes by Gail Small in the US), a native of the island of Oahu, following the November regular meeting at the Senior Center in Hopatcong. While it is bitterly cold outside here in NJ, members and guests were transported via slideshow and artifacts, to the history, beauty and culture of a much warmer climate. Discussion of the four major islands: Oahu, Maui, Kauai, and Hawaii (the big island) was followed by a Hawaiian-themed luncheon, and most members wore their best Hawaiian clothing, including some grass skirts and coconuts! At the conclusion, Ms. Small did a traditional Hawaiian hula dance, complete with an explanation and interpretation of every hand and body movement, which was a special treat.
Mahaelani can be reached through her Web site www.hawaiianislandlectures.com.