Kou Aka I Kai 'Upoho ("Hula / Your Image in the Resound Sea")
Translation: Your Reflection in the Resounding Sea
E Kumu, I hear your voice... sometimes in inner quietude...sometimes
floating in the wind... sometimes high above the crashing surf... and I
remember your words...
E Kumu, I see your face... in the flickering
flame of the torches... in the shadows of the moonlight... and against the
timeless rolling of the sea... and I remember your teaching...
And lifting my hands, I dance for you...
When I in turn am called on to be kumu, your
words will speak again - through me... your wisdom will flow once more -
through me... and live...
Anyone who has ever studied to master a discipline understands the
everlasting impact of a wise and revered teacher on a receptive student. In my
own discipline (classical organ), I was privileged to do my advanced studies
under the world renowned Dr. H. Hugh Bancroft from England and, for as long as
I live, I know I will always see his face and I will always hear his voice. I
recall one admonition from him that has held particular significance for me:
NIf you only practice what you already know, you are wasting your time; you
are impoverished." (And inwardly I smile when I find myself in turn echoing
his wisdom to my own students.)
This painting, the sixth in the series 'Ike Ho'omaopopo" (Consciousness)
is yet one more depiction of the skills being passed on from one generation to
another so perfectly said in the Hawaiian idiom, "Ola Na Iwi Me Na Hana
No'eau." The real life dancer is my niece, Pua Tabian, and the spirit Kumu
Hula is Kapi'olani Ha'o (Halau Ke Kia'i A O Hula).
E Haumana, who will carry the torch boldly ahead when my time comes
to lay it down?
And who will speak for me when I am no longer
Unframed Limited Edition Sizes:
Artist Proof: 75 Size: 52x39
Medium: 288 Size: 40x30
Small: 288 Size: 32x24
- Giclee on canvas
- Edition Size 288
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