Kikowaena means "center of the circle" in Hawaiian. What an appropriate phrase to describe the beauty that hooping has brought into my life. We are building a movement and building a brand here in Honolulu, so hopefully you will start seeing more hooping on Oahu! This blog was made to promote our hooping, but also to spread beautiful photos and videos of other hoopers around the world.
I had to post about the Grateful Dead because of how much this music is entwined in the history of my hoopdance. I began hooping outside a bar called Madison’s where my friends would gather to see Elf Lettuce, a bluesy rootsy band that played lots of GD and Jerry songs. The played against large plate glass windows, and we would hoop outside right behind them. They even had the music piped outside on a speaker system. It was perfect, and I using big ole lugger hoop, so I had the best time as I learned to hoop.
Then I discovered small hoops and Pretty Lights. That was 2009. Now a few years later, I see how much electronic music is the direction we seem to be moving in (hoopers, and hippies a like… and that’s certainly not to say ALL).
I’m guilty too, I’m going to Symbiosis Gathering in May, and I know it will be mostly electronic music. That isn’t bad, but it made me realize that I need to honor my roots with rootsy music. I recently attended Collidiscope, the Burning Man regional event in Hawaii. After 48 hours straight of house, psytrance, and dubstep, all I wanted to do was listen to Jerry and String Cheese.
I love hooping to all forms of music, but lately, it has been this!