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A Benefit for Becky

Thursday, September 15, 2011

On huaka'i with Hālau i Ka Pono in Hawai'i. Becky is in the center in the pink sweatsuit. That smile! (3.31.10)

Last night, I had the honor and privilege of joining a group of musicians and dancers who had gathered together to celebrate the life of a friend and hula sister, Becky Jung.

Not only was Becky a member of the NYC hula ʻohana (family), but she was also a well-known member of the dance community having danced with the world renowned company, Pilobolus.  And for years, she played a huge part in New York City’s fashion week!  People came from around the globe to pay their respects and honor her memory.

As we gathered at the venue, there were some somber moments.  But the mood backstage among the hula family quickly turned to joy as we remembered times with Becky.  Dancers who hadn’t performed together in a while were reunited.  Stories were shared.  Lots of belly laughs and hugs.

Tears and laughter–all for a special lady.

I found myself saying over and over, “You know, every memory I have of Becky is one where she’s smiling.  I don’t think ever saw her frown–and we were together on a trip for a full week!”  That says a lot about her beautiful spirit, for sure.

I wish I could thank her in person.

I wish I could thank her for sharing her gifts with us.  And I wish I could thank her for helping to bring us all together, again, last night.

Being a part of the hula/Hawaiian music community is such an honor. When we come together to perform, we have the opportunity to shed the sense of self.  We stand on the shoulders of those that came before us.  And we share Aloha from our hearts.

Right on.

Here are some backstage photos of the hula gang from the event:

John-Mario and the ipu heke (Benefit for Becky 9.14.11)

Kumu June Kaililani Tanoue and Jason (Benefit for Becky 9.14.11)

The Hula Band (Benefit for Becky 9.14.11)

The Hula Band (Benefit for Becky 9.14.11)

Sharing laughs & memories from the HI trip. (Benefit for Becky 9/15/11)