Friday, March 2, 2012
Flat Maddie Writes Home!!!!!!!
I am having a wonderful time here in Hawai'i. It really is the land of Aloha! Hawai'i is made up of 8 islands. I am traveling on the island of O'ahu, which means the Gathering Place! I'm visiting Jamisen (age 7) and Erik (age 5) and staying at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. It smells amazing here, as there are so many plumeria trees everywhere we go. I got to learn how to hula on Monday! It was so much fun learning how to use my arms, hands, hips, facial expression, and body to tell a story. Auntie Kealohalani (Kay-aloha-lah-ni) was our "kumu" (teacher), and Jamisen showed me how she does each dance.
I'm looking forward to visiting Pearl Harbor, the famous beaches of Waikiki, the giant waves of the North Shore, and maybe some whale-watching while I'm here. I learned this week that President Barack Obama was born in Hawai'i, and that President William Howard Taft had surfed in Waikiki! I can't wait to show you some more pictures of my travels.
Aloha, Flat Maddie
P.S. There are many meanings for the word "Aloha." It means 'Hello,' 'Good-bye,' and it is how you show love in the things that you think, say, and do!
How cool is this!!!! :)