The best exemplification of this culture for us was our trip to the Chief’s Luau on our third day in paradise. Everything from traditional music and cultural interpretations from each island as well as stories, comedy, fire-dancing and an amazing plate of traditional Hawaiian food, all made our night one to remember. The performance was fantastic but I believe my favorite part was the music and dance interpretation of Blue Hawaii sung by one of the most beautiful male tenor voices I’ve ever heard. The music seemed to ooze the true meaning of being Hawaiian. The way the performer interpreted every line conveyed to the audience his sense of pride and reverence to his homeland, and it was a truly beautiful thing to witness. It reminded me of something I learned a while back during one of my stays at the hospital: nothing in the world can convey emotional, transform the mind, and bring people together like music can.
At the hospital where I received my treatments they had many services available to keep the pediatric patients occupied, happy, and comfortable. One of these commodities offered was music therapy. After a rough day of chemo I asked to see a musical therapist for an hour. She brought a keyboard in and we just played for an hour, brushing up on my music reading skills which were a little rusty considering I hadn’t used them in years, and learning new songs. It might seem like a small thing from the outside looking in, but it brought a smile to my face during a time of darkness and that makes it worth so much to me. I’ll always remember that experience and how music brought me into a place of light.
No matter if it’s alternative, classical or reggae, no matter if it’s on the mainland or out on an island in the middle of the sea, no matter if it’s in a tough period of life or on a fun-filled family vacation, music brings people together, it brings flavor to life and it soothes the soul.
Oh yes and how could I fail to mention.... the performers at Chiefs Luau are extremely friendly! ;-)