Lovely Kanoe Miller, former Miss Hawaii, captures the "magic" that happens when you combine the romance of the hula with the charm of old hapa-haole melodies. Reminiscent of an earlier gentler era in Hawaii, she performs ten expressive hulas in ten different costumes. Each dance is filmed in a beautiful tropical location that complements the specific hula being performed. From a palm tree grove at sunset or a sandy beach to a WW II era night club; from a ti leaf skirt, a graceful holoku, or a sarong to a glittering cellophane hula skirt, Kanoe brings you the many dimensions of these favorite hulas: Waikiki, Kaimana Hila, Blue Lei, Soft Green Seas, Lovely Hula hands, Keep Your Eyes on the Hands, Sweet Leilani, Hawaiian Vamp, Love Song of Kalua, I'll Remember You. She provides and introduction to each dance, plus shares her daily experiences in Hawaii such as making a ti leaf skirt, picking out a fresh flower lei, or walking her dog. (Feature run time: 46 minutes)
DVD menu allows you to choose: Entire Feature Performances with introductions as described above; Entire Feature Performances with Kanoe's Commentary (the music is softened as Kanoe describes her lei, costume, the location, and personal meanings that the dance holds for her); Dances Only; Dances Only with Commentary; Chapters; or Interviews.
Kanoe also provides insightful interviews that feature background information, inspiration and personal memories to add to your full experience of these hula, songs, costumes and locations: Musicians Hiram Olsen, Casey Olsen and Dennis Keohokalole, Professional Lei-maker Amelia Bailey, Composer R. Alex Anderson's children, Composer Andy Cummings' wife, Composer Harry Owen's son, and Showman Extraordinaire Milton "Tuni" I. (Interview run time: 80 minutes) (10 page booklet included)