Hula Event Brings Taste of Islands to Santa Clara
By Robert Haugh
Bringing alive the spirit of Hawaiian culture, “A Tribute to NT Linda” entranced attendees as they experienced Halau 'O Pi'ilani’s performance on Aug. 23 at the Santa Clara Convention Center’s Betty Hangs Theater.
Presented under the direction of Kumu Hula Toni Kanani Densing, the event celebrated the life of NT Linda Pi'ilani Danek (Densing’s mother), who died five years ago.
Densing opened with Hawaiian Soul, followed by performances by many of those that Danek touched during her life - ranging from upbeat war chant dances, heavy drum-based songs and soothing, more melodic dances. Many of the dances and chants represent Hawaiian gods and present stories of battle, sadness or joy.
Danek started Halau 'O Pi'ilani in her home over 30 years ago, then opened a studio over 26 years ago on Lochnivar Avenue in Santa Clara, where she instructed many young dancers, several whom won honors in competition and at events...
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By Melissa McKenzie
Jared Paul has an opinion, and he isn’t afraid to share it.
The Providence, RI native’s newest spoken word album, Jared Paul Live, released in November of last year, tackles many controversial subjects - among them social justice and class inequality.
Paul is passionate about his causes and it shows throughout his album. He reads and speaks with such vitality - at times screaming at his audience - and yet, his message doesn’t feel force-fed...